Sunday, 19 June 2016

June 19th Norwich

Dad's garden
Today is Father's Day and to celebrate it I went to my parent's house for a roast dinner with my family. As the weather was nice, I decided to take my camera to photograph the wildlife in Dad's garden. It isn't the biggest garden in the world, but it has a lot of wildlife friendly plants in it that either attracts many pollenating insects or provides shelter for birds to nest in. There is also a small pond at the back of his garden full of frogs. Dad loves gardening and he is always tinkering with it, adding new plants to it and changing the lay out now and then. He has even had hedgehogs visiting it, which he thinks has built nests of leaves under his hedges. Here and there, he finds the odd hedgehog dropping, which proves that they are here somewhere. Happy Father's Day Dad!
[Note: If you happen to know what species these insects are, comment below as I would love to know]

Hoverfly Eupeodes luniger
Some kind of beetle
Garden Chafer
Similar looking insect on my brother's shoe
Honey Bee
Tree Bumblebee
Mint Moth
Narcissus Bulb Fly  Merodon equestris
Leaf-cutter Bee?
Common Frog
Ladybird Larva
Dock Bug
Honey Bee

Hoverfly  Myathropa florea


  1. Hi Sean.
    I can't help with the bees, but of the rest:
    Hoverfly 1 is a Eupeodes, probably Eupeodes luniger
    Hoverfly 2 is Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris), a variable species
    Hoverfly 3 is Myathropa florea, sometimes called the Batman hoverfly because of the mark on the thorax.
    The beetle is a Garden Chafer, they are smaller brighter relatives of Cockchafer.
    The bugs are Dock Bugs, which are common at this time of year. Box Bug is still scarce in Norfolk and looks thinner and often a bit more chestnut coloured.
    Regards, James.

    1. Are all the beetles garden chafers? Or just the one that I have edited?

    2. The top two photos of beetles with a black thorax are the Garden Chafers, the edited one and the one on the boot both have a paler thorax and are probably Cockchafers. In the field these two can be separated easily because Garden Chafers are noticeably smaller, but they can look similar in photos.