Tom Curtis's Insects Posts

This is a medium sized dragonfly. The overall impression is dark, the male having a blackish abdomen with blue spots, brown thorax with relatively narrow yellow…

Garden Spider what a beautiful creature close-up. Spinning a web, this picture was taken shortly after the morning dew had dried up.

Perched on the Buddleia Bush. Large holes in the leaves of brassica crops and nasturtiums are usually the work of cabbage white caterpillars.

I spotted this insect on a Fleabane flower. It looks like a wasp or hornet. Common name and or Scientific name would be most appreciated.

I spotted this male on a wild rose stem, while on a visit recently to Ferrymoor Flash nature reserve near Grimethorpe in South Yorkshire.

These are a fascinating group of insects. They belong to the family Syrphidae, a family within the order Diptera (true flies).

This is a fascinating butterfly. The scalloped edges and cryptic colouring of the wings conceal hibernating adults amongst dead leaves, while the larvae,…

Hoverflies are a fascinating group of insects. They belong to the family Syrphidae, a family within the order Diptera (true flies).

The only British Burnet with six red spots on forewing (red patch at base is divided by a vein and counts as two spots).

Bright orange-brown wings held with forewings angled above hind wings. Males have a thin black line through centre of fore-wing.

It has brilliant white wings, with small black tips to the forewings and one or two wing spots. The undersides are a creamy white.

A common butterfly and familiar to many observers, especially in woodland where, as its name suggests, it is most often found.

These large, hairy bees are generally black with varying degrees of yellow banding. Look closely at flowering plants and you’ll probably spot several species.…

The aptly named Speckled Wood flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight. Butterflies often perch in sunny spots, spiralling into the air to…

Beetles represent the largest insect group with around 4,000 species in Britain and 300,000 worldwide. They are easy to recognise as their front wings are hard…

The Small White Butterfly, along with the Large White, can claim the title of "Cabbage White" that is the bane of allotment holders all over the British Isles…

I spotted this bee darting in and out of some Sweet Pea flowers. The insects was covered in pollen and seemed to be gathered lots more.

There are over 200 species of hoverfly in the UK, with a wide range of appearances. All hoverflies belong in the family Syrphidae, and share the characteristic…

The Comma is a fascinating butterfly. The scalloped edges and cryptic colouring of the wings conceal hibernating adults amongst dead leaves, while the larvae,…
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