Lindenius sp of wasp – Pinnacle NR

Lindenius sp of wasp with its oversized head


Astata boops- Pinnacle NR

In Britain, this species is confined to southern England, East Anglia and the Channel Islands.
Status (in Britain only)
Not listed in Shirt (1987) or Falk (1991); the restricted range suggests revision of its status is needed. Nevertheless, this is a common wasp over much of its range.
Mainly sandy localities, such as inland heaths and coastal dunes. It can also be found in dry clay banks in woodland clearings (M Edwards, pers. comm.).
Flight period
Univoltine; June to August.
Prey collected
Nymphs of pentatomid bugs (Heteroptera).
Nesting biology
According to Tsuneki (cited by Lomholdt, 1975-76) the nest is a burrow about 10 cm long terminating in one to three cells, which are placed one after the other as simple dilations of the tunnel. There are sometimes side branches, so that the nest may have as many as 12 cells. The female wasp flies the prey to the nest, where it is stored near the sealed nest entrance until there is sufficient to provision several cells. The egg is laid on the first stored bug in each cell. The larva develops in three days in Korea, where there may be more than one generation per year. In British and Scandinavian populations the species probably overwinters in the pupal stage (Lomholdt, 1975-76). Males guard small stones or twigs lying on the ground, making inspection flights every few minutes and returning to the same spot. They turn to face anything new in their field of vision (M Edwards, pers. comm.).
Flowers visited
The species can sometimes be found in numbers on flowers of umbellifers (Richards, 1980), including wild carrot (S P M Roberts, pers. comm.).
The chrysidid wasp Hedychridium roseum is a known parasitoid or cleptoparasite

Chrysops caecutiens- Lode walk

This one bit me on the back of my neck

One of our two frequent deerflies and with a strongly developed taste for human blood. It can occur in a variety of habitats and the predatory larvae live in wet mud and debris at the edges of streams and pools. The females have a characteristic splayed v-shaped marking on tergite 2. Males have the abdomen almost entirely black, though tergite 2 is narrowly orange at its sides; the male mid tibiae are normally entirely black… Steve Falk

Honey for sale

Just before my holiday I checked my hives each hive had two full supers, so I took one to spin off and left them with the other for the June gap so I don’t then have to feed them.

I took 65lb’s of honey

If you would like honey please check out the link below

Honey for Sale

Elater ferrugineus – River Cam

Elater ferrugineus Linnaeus, 1758
Size – 17-24mm.

Description – Larger specimens are among the largest Elaterids in Britain. A rather variable species – males can be uniformly bright orange/red over the pronotum and elytra, with a darker brown head or dark brown on the head and pronotum, with dark red elytra. Females are coniderably smaller and uniform dark brown. Shallow rows of pits run the length of the elytra. The legs are black, with slightly lighter brown towards the apicies of the tarsi. The antennae are mid-brown to black and extend just beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum in males and are shorter in females.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Elater ferrugineus across Britain and Ireland.
British and Irish distribution of Elater ferrugineus Linnaeus, 1758 based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.


Distribution – Few British records, mostly from Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and London, many of these historic. An isolated record from the Swansea area.