Chrysolina oricalcia (Lode)

The elytra are black and have a generally domed appearance, studded by tiny dimples.
Found in hedgerows, roadside verges and woodland rides, favouring umbellifer flowers such as Cow Parsley and Hogweed.
When to see it
Around mid summer is the peak period of adult activity.
UK Status
This species is fairly widespread but local throughout England, with most records coming from the south.


Nomada lathburiana (Lode)

Length 8mm. One of the black and yellow banded Nomada species, N. lathburiana also has red markings on the body.
Around the nesting sites of its host Andrena cineraria.
When to see it
Seen from April to June.
Life History
UK Status
Nomada lathburiana was a Red Data Book species but seems to be fairly frequent, and increasing in numbers along with its host Andrena cineraria, suggesting that its status may be secure.

Ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria) Lode

So very excited to find this bee , its taken 3 years of searching and today it happened , they are just spreading into East Anglia. I also found its cuckoo bee Nomada lathburiana.

The Ashy Mining-bee (Andrena cineraria) is one of
the most distinctive and obvious of all the springflying
solitary bee species over much of Britain and
Ireland, and over recent years has been enjoying a
marked increase in abundance in parts of
its range.
The females are black, and have two broad ashygrey
hairbands across the thorax. The males are
similar, but the thorax is entirely clothed with less
dense grey hairs, and has a very pronounced tuft of
white hairs on the lower face.
In Europe, the species is widespread and common
from Ireland eastwards across central Europe and
into Scandinavia. It is more restricted, but still
widespread in the Mediterranean region.
The bee has a single flight period each year and is
on the wing from early April until early June; the
males emerging well before the females. Peak activity
coincides with the flowering periods of fruit
trees such as Pear, Cherry and Apple.
The bees are non-ggressive and safe with children


A parasitized 7 spot ladybird (Lode_

Several species of wasp and true fly lay their eggs on or inside ladybird larvae, pupae or adults. When the eggs hatch, the larvae of these parasitoids feed inside their ladybird host, exiting when fully-fed to pupate and emerge as adults outside the ladybird, which dies as a result. These parasitoids include the wasp Dinocampus coccinellae (Braconidae) – see picture, at least one species of scuttle-fly (Phoridae), and a tachinid fly.


Cephidae – Stem boring sawflies (Lode)

There is not enough to ID exactly which Stem boring sawfly this is.


Nomada ferruginata (specimen) Lode


This Nomada bee has a red abdomen with yellow flashes at the sides. It has dull yellow legs with dark femora. It lacks stripes on the thorax and has a pair of bright yellow tubercles on the pronotum near to the wing bases.
Similar Species
Nomada ferruginata is similar to N. striata but it can be distinguished by the brighter yellow pronotal tubercles and lighter antennae. N. ferruginata also lacks the red marks on the mesonotum which are usually obvious on N. striata.
Low vegetation around dry soils where its host bee nests.
When to see it
Mainly during March and April – to coincide with the breeding of its host bee Andrena praecox.
Life History
As with all Nomada bees, it is parasitic on solitary bees, usualy Andrena species. The host species of N. ferruginata is Andrena praecox. A.praecox is a rather uncommon mining bee and normally found in areas containing sufficient Willows as females are very dependent on Willow catkins for pollen in March and April.
UK Status
Rare in England but may be increasing.


Adela reaumurella- Green Long horn moth (Lode)

If you haven’t seen these flying , then try and look out for them , they put on quite a show.

Other Names
Green Long-horn
Wingspan 14-18 mm. The males have long, whitish antennae, the females shorter with both sexes having bronzy or metallic greenish forewings.
Habitats are open areas such as heath land, moor land, country gardens, parks and wherever the larval food plants are to be found.
When to see it
The moths fly in the daytime during May and June, sometimes occurring in swarms, and often around the tops of trees and bushes.
Life History
The caterpillar lives in a portable case and feeds on leaf-litter of Oak and Birch.
UK Status
A fairly common species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, more local in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common… Naturespot