Hainault Forest Website

Written, Designed and with Photographs by Brian Ecott


   Coleoptera BEETLES

Small Longhorn beetle  Grammoptera ruficornis  on Ox-eye daisy Michael Rumble

Longhorn beetle Strangalia maculata on yarrow. Hog hill. 4th August 2012

Beetle Rhagium mordax on nettle.

Violet ground beetle Carabus nemoralis 18th October 08 on rotting timber.

Mating pair of longhorn beetles Anaglyptus mysticus  31st May 2013

Metallic green flower beetles Oedemera nobilis on Field rose (left). 12th June 2007. Centre: Male has "thick thighs" on hind femora. Right: Female on Creeping Thistle. Photo Michael Rumble. 11th July 2011. The wing cases or Elytra on this species are gaping.

Red tipped flower beetle pair Malachius bipustulatus on emergent oak leaves. 17th May 2005.

CARDINAL BEETLE Pyrochroa serraticornis. on Grey Poplar. Has a red head.  29th April 07.

CARDINAL BEETLE. Pyrochroa coccinea. On nettles. This has a black head. Compare with previous photo. 26th May 1998.

WEEVIL on Connie the Lurcher 11th September 2010

Oak Weevil  Curculio glandium on nettle Michael Rumble

Oak Weevil Curculio glandium on nettle  Michael Rumble

Green weevil Phyllobius pomaceus 14th June 2013  Michael Rumble.

Click beetle Athous haemorroidalis on old white poplar gall 26th April 2007 and on bramble leaf 22nd May 2008.

SOLDIER BEETLES. Left:  Cantharis pellucida on oak leaves. Hog Hill 15th May 2006. Middle: Cantharis fusca on nettle 29th May 2005.

Right: Rhagonycha fulva on creeping thistle, 13th July 2011 Photo Michael Rumble. 

TWO SPOT LADYBIRD Adalia 2-punctata on nettle. 16th May 2005.

SEVEN SPOT LADYBIRD Coccinella 7-punctata hibernating. 21st Dec. 2005.

SEVEN SPOT LADYBIRD Coccinella 7-punctata on Yarrow or Milfoil. Photo Michael Rumble.  August 2011.

On the Creeping thistle above left are two species of ladybird. There are two Seven-spot ladybirds Coccinella septempunctata and one fourteen-spot ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata. The fourteen spots often merge to form an anchor shape. It is much smaller than the seven spot but like it is a very voracious feeder on aphids. Both species like thistles and other meadow flowers. Photo: 8th August 2013 Michael Rumble.

The Orange ladybird (above) has a long latin name Halyzia sedecimguttata  which really refers to its sixteen spots or blotches! It's habitat is among the leafy trees

Seven-spot ladybird larva 24th July 2013

PINE LADYBIRD Exochomus quadripunctatus on Turkey oak twig. Hog Hill. Photo: 15th May 2006.

14 SPOT LADYBIRD Propylea 14-punctata. On oak leaf. Very small ladybird. Photo: 15th October 2006.



24 SPOT LADYBIRD Subcoccinella 24-punctata. The only hairy ladybird. Need a hand lens. Very small lives in grassland. Photo: 11.09.06. On bramble.

10 SPOT LADYBIRD pair. Adalia10-punctata f. decempunctata

On oak leaf. 11th May 2008.

Devil's Coach-horse Ocypus olens Soil litter  23rd August 2004.

HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD. Harmonia axyridis var. succinea (Left)  A pest species and new arrival. Feeds on aphids, butterfly and moth eggs and the eggs and larvae of other ladybirds. The pronotum has a letter W. The species is very variable in markings and spots but is larger than the 7 spot ladybird, 21.10.06. Middle and right - mating pair. The male in these photos lacks spots on the elytra and the pronotum has four spots which are arranged in a W.16th April 2007.



GREAT DIVING BEETLE LARVA. Dytiscus marginalis. Up to 50mm A voracious carnivore. The tail filaments are fringed with hair and adhere to the surface film to obtain oxygen. Photo: May 1998.

LARVA hanging from the surface film. The two powerful mandibles which are used hold the tadpole to enable it to suck out juices from its prey and to dissolve the solid parts.  Photo: July 1971.

GREAT DIVING BEETLE LARVA feeding on mayfly larva. Photo: May 1998. All photographed at Sheepwater.

LESSER DIVING BEETLE Acilius sulcatus collecting air under elytra at water surface. Bottom right: Larva of Acilius sulcatus taking in air