Portland Insects

Insects I have recorded and photographed (when possible) on the Isle of Portland and around Weymouth since 30 May 17

They are to the best of my knowledge correct, however if there are any which are incorrect please let me know.

*First seen will be in red bold with dates
(Species of real interest in Pink)

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Beetles, Snails, Grasshoppers, Crickets, Spiders, Ants etc.

ANTS

Formicidae


Small Black Ant - Lasius niger
First recorded - 12 May 18 - (Rufus Castle)


BEES

Apidae - True bees and Bumblebees

Hairy-footed Flower Bee - Anthophora plumipes  (male) 
First Recorded - 23 Apr 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)


Hairy-footed Flower Bee - Anthophora plumipes  (female)


Small Garden Bumblebee - Bombus hortorum
First Recorded - 17 Jun 18 (Mermaid Track)

 Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorum
First recorded - 12 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Hill or Red-tailed Cuckoo-bee - Bombus rupestris
First recorded - 11 Jul 17 (Rufus Castle)


 A male Hill or Red-tailed Cuckoo-bee - Bombus rupestris


Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus terrestris
First Recorded - 6 May 18 (Wakeham)

Red-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius
First recorded - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)


Tree Bumblebee - Bombus hypnorum
First Recorded - 12 Jul 18 (Wakeham) 

Gooden's Nomad Bee - Nomada goodeniana
First Recorded - 23 Apr 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Marsham's Nomad Bee - Nomada marshamella
First recorded - 12 May 18 (Rufus Castle)


Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava
First recorded - 13 May 18 (Rufus Castle)


Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava

Fabricius' Nomad Bee - Nomada fabriciana
First Recorded - 19 Jun 18 (St Andrew's Church) 

Andrenidea - Mining Bees

Mining Bee - Andrena scotica
First Recorded - 6 May 18 (Wakeham)

Ashy or Grey Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria
First Recorded - 4 May 18 (Wakeham)

Early Mining Bee - Andrena haemorrhoa
First Recorded - 23 Apr 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)


Yellow-legged Mining-bee - Andrena flavipes
First recorded - 26 Mar 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Halictidae - Sweat bees

Southern Bronze Furrow Bee - Halictus tumulorum
First Recorded - 6 May 18 (Wakeham)

Megachilidae - Mason Bees

Blue Mason Bee - Osmia caerulescens
First recorded - 18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)


Leafcutter Bee Megachile centuncularis
First recorded - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)

Leafcutter Bee - Megachile willughbiella
First Recorded - 6 May 18 (Wakeham)


Spined Mason Bee - Osmia spinulosa
First Recorded - 18 Jun 18 (Rufus Castle Copse)

Colletinae - Ivy Bees


 Ivy Bee Colletes hederae
First Recorded - 19 Sep 17 (Rufus Castle)


BEETLES

Cantharidae - Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles Rhagonycha fulva
First Recorded - 25 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Cantharis rustica
First recorded - 19 May 18 (Top Fields)

Cantharis rustica


Chrysomelidae - Leaf beetles

Bloody-nosed Beetle - Timarcha tenebricosa
First recorded - 20 May 18 (Bumpers Lane)

Oedemeridae - False blister beetles

Swollen-thighed Beetle Oedemera nobilis (Female)
First recorded - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)

Swollen-thighed Beetle Oedemera nobilis (Male)

Ischnomera cyanea
First recorded - 1 Jun 18 (The Bill)

Scarabaeidae - Dung and Scarab Beetles

Summer Chafer - Amphimallon solstitiale
First Recorded - 1 Jul 17 (Wakeham)

Rose Chafer - Cetonia aurata
First Recorded - 5 Jul 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Silphidae - Carrion or burying beetles

Black Snail Beetle - Silpha atrata
First recorded - 21 May 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Black Snail Beetle - Silpha atrata (about to take off)

Pyrochroidae - Cardinal beetles

Scarce Cardinal Beetle - Ischnomera sanguinicollis
First recorded - 10 May 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Cerambycidae - Longhorn beetles

Spotted Longhorn - Rutpela maculata
First Recorded - 16 Jun 18 (Wakeham)

Wasp Beetle - Clytus arietis
First Recorded - 18 Jun 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Curculionidae - Weevils

Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceus
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

BUGS

Miridae

Common Green Capsid - Lygocoris pabulinus
First Recorded - 6 Jul 17 (Wakeham)

Lucerne Bug - Adelphocoris lineolatus
First Recorded - 7 Jun 18 (Penn's Wood)

CADDIS FLIES

Not Recorded Yet

CRANE FLIES

Tipulidae - Craneflies
Tipula maxima

First Recorded - 29 Jun 18 (Wakeham)

Limoniidae - Limonid Craneflies


Crane Fly Epiphragma ocellare
First Recorded - 10 Jun 18 (Penn's Wood)

Tiger Cranefly - Nephrotoma flavescens
First Recorded - 19 Jun 18 (St Andrew's Church)

CRICKETS

Tettigoniidae

Speckled Bush Cricket Leptophyes punctatissima
First Recorded - 24 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Dark Bush-cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera (A reddish coloured specimen)
First Recorded - 26 Jun 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Dark Bush-cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera (A brown coloured specimen)

Great Green Bush Cricket Tettigonia viridissima (Female nymph)
First recorded - 20 May 18 (Bumpers Lane)

Great Green Bush Cricket Tettigonia viridissima (Female nymph)


Great Green Bush Cricket Tettigonia viridissima


DRAGONFLIES and DAMSELFLIES

Demoiselles

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Damselflies

Coenagrionidae - Red and Blue Damselflies

Blue-tailed DamselflIschnura elegans
First recorded - 19 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans - Rufescens obsoleta
First recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella
First Recorded - 1 Jun 18 (Portland Bill)


Chasers

Broad-bodied Chaser
First recorded - 5 May 18 (Portland Bird Observatory)


Darters

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
First recorded - 21 Jul 17 (St Andrews Church)

Common Darter nymph Sympetrum striolatum
First recorded - 14 Aug 18 (Wakeham)

Common Darter nymph Sympetrum striolatum


Hawkers

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
First Recorded - 17 Aug 17 (St Andrew's Church Grounds)

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta


Dragonflies

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator (male)
First Recorded - 7 Jul 18 (Bottom Combe Quarry)

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator (female)
Recorded - 8 Jul 18 (Portland Bird Observatory)

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator (female)
Recorded - 8 Jul 18 (Portland Bird Observatory)

FLIES

Stratiomyidae - Soldier flies

Broad Centurian Chloromyia formosa
First Recorded - 31 May 18 (Church Ope Cove)

Black-horned Gems Microchrysa polita
First Recorded - 10 Jun 18 (Broadcroft Lane)

Conopidae - Thick-headed flies


Sicus ferrugineus
First recorded - 13 Jul 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Sicus ferrugineus
18 Jun 18 (Mermaid Track)


Sicus ferrugineus

Sicus ferrugineus

Rhagionidae - Snipe flies

Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus cristatus
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus cristatus

Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus cristatus

Snipe Fly - Chrysopilus cristatus

Bibionidae

Fever-fly - Dilophus febrilis
First recorded - 25 Apr 18 (St Andrews Church)


St Mark's Fly - Bibio marci
First recorded - 2 May 18 (Portland Bill)

Dolichopodidae

Semaphore fly - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus
First recorded - 24 Jul 17 (Wakeham)


 Moth FlyTonnoiriella pulchra
First recorded - 7 Jun 17 (Wakeham)


Dagger FlyEmpis tessellata
First recorded - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)

Muscidae

Orange Muscid Fly Phaonia pallida
First recorded - 26 Jul 17 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Helina abdominalis
First recorded - 12 May 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Phaonia subventa
First recorded - 12 May 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Noon Fly Mesembrina meridiana
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Asilidae - Robber flies

Kite-tailed Robberfly - Machimus atricapillus (With prey)
First Recorded - 13 May 18 (Rufus Castle)

Bombyliidae - Bee flies

Dark-edged Bee-fly - Bombylius major
First recorded - 11 Apr 18 (Penn's Weare)

Scathophagidae - Dung flies

Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria
First recorded - 12 May 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria

Tachinidae

Eriothrix rufomaculata
First Recorded - 30 Jun 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Ulidiidae - Picture-winged flies

Herina nigrina
First Recorded - 19 Jun 18 (Wakeham)

Herina nigrina
Also Video Here

Tephritidae - Fruit flies

Celery fly - Euleia heraclei
First Recorded - 28 Apr 18 (Penn's Weare)

Sciomyzidae - Marsh Flies

Coremacera marginata
First Recorded - 24 Jun 18 (Wakeham)

Coremacera marginata


Anthomyiidae - Root-maggot flies

Root-maggot flyAnthomyia procellaris
First recorded - 12 May 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Sarcophagidae - Flesh flies

Sarcophaga sp.
First recorded - 12 May 18 (St Andrew's Church)


GRASSHOPPERS


Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
First Recorded - 14 Aug 17 (Wakeham)

Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus

Common Green Grasshopper - Omocestus viridulus
First Recorded - 2 Jul 17 (South West Coast path)

Meadow Grasshopper - Chorthippus parallelus
First Recorded - 2 Jul 17 (South West Coast path)

 Mottled Grasshopper Myrmeloetettix maculatus
First Recorded - 19 Sep 17 (Wakeham)

Long-winged Cone-head - Conocephalus fuscus
First Recorded - 27 Aug 18 (Mermaid Track)

Long-winged Cone-head nymph - Conocephalus fuscus
First Recorded - 7 Aug 18 (Mermaid Track)


HARVESTMEN

Sclerosomatidae

Harvestman Leiobunum blackwalli
First Recorded - 9 Sep 17 (St Andrews Church Woods)

HOVERFLIES

Chalcosyrphus

PajupuuhariChalcosyrphus nemorum
First recorded - 21 May 18 - (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Cheilosia

Cheilosia sp.
First Recorded - 18 Jun 18 (Mermaid Track)

Cheilosia sp.

Cheilosia sp.

Cheilosia sp.
First Recorded - 18 Jun 18 (Mermaid Track)

Chrysotoxum

Wasp-mimic Hoverfly Chrysotoxum cautum
First Recorded - 5 Aug 17 (Bumpers Lane)

Wasp-mimic Hoverfly Chrysotoxum cautum

Epistrophe

Hoverfly - Epistrophe eligans
First Recorded - 23 Apr 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Episyrphus

Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus
First recorded - 15 Jun 17 (Perryfields Quarry)

Eristalis

Common Dronefly - Eristalis tenax
First recorded - 19 Jul 17 (St Andrews Church)

Tapered Drone Fly - Eristalis pertinax
First recorded - 19 Jul 17 (St Andrews Church)


Drone Fly - Eristalis abusivus
First recorded - 5 Aug 17 (St Andrews Church)


Eristalis arbustorum
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Eupeodes

Eupeodes luniger
First recorded - 16 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Ferdinandea


Hoverfly Ferdinandea cuprea
First Recorded - 27 Jul 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Hoverfly Ferdinandea cuprea

Helophilus

The Footballer - Helophilus pendulus
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Melanostoma


Chequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare
First recorded - 18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Melanostoma scalare (female)


Meroden

Large Narcissus Fly - Merodon equestris
First Recorded - 9 May 18 (Wakeham)

Myathropa

Dead Head Fly Myathropa florea
First Recorded - 15 Jul 17 (St Andrew's Church)

Dead Head Fly Myathropa florea 

Platycheirus

White-footed Hoverfly Platycheirus albimanus
First Recorded - 24 Jul 17 (Wakeham)

Scaeva



Pied Hoverfly - Scaeva pyrastri
First recorded -  19 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Pied Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri

Sphaerophoria

Long Hoverfly - Sphaerophoria scripta
First Recorded - 6 May 18 (Wakeham)

Syrphus

Syrphus ribesii
First recorded - 24 Jul 17 (Wakeham)


Syrphus torvus
First recorded - 26 Mar 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Volucellini


Pellucid Hoverfly Volucella pellucens
First Recorded - 13 Jul 17 (St Andrews Church)


Pellucid Hoverfly Volucella pellucens

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly Volucella zonaria
First Recorded - 26 Jun 17 (St Andrews Church)

Lesser Hornet Hoverfly - Volucella inanis
First Recorded - 10 Aug 18 (Mermaid Track)

Lesser Hornet Hoverfly - Volucella inanis

Mimic Bee Hoverfly - Volucella plumata
First recorded - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)

Mimic Bee Hoverfly - Volucella bombylans
First recorded - 2 Jun 18 (Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve)

Xanthogramma

Xanthogramma pedissequum
First recorded - 9 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)

Xylota

Xylota segnis (male)
First recorded - 13 May 18 (Rufus Castle)


LACEWINGS

Not Recorded Yet

SCORPIONFLIES

Scorpionflies - Mecoptera


German Scorpionfly - Panorpa germanica
First recorded - 12 May 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)


LADYBIRDS

Coccinellidae


5-spot Ladybird - Coccinella 5-punctata
First Recorded - 27 Jun 18 (Tout Quarry)

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata
First recorded - 4 Jul 17 (Wakeham)

10-spot Ladybird - Adalia decempunctata
First recorded - 11 Apr 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

14-spot Ladybird Propylea 14-punctata
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

22-spot Ladybird - Psyllobora 22-punctata
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridis
First Recorded - 23 Jun 18 (Mermaid Track)

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin Ladybird nymph - Harmonia axyridis
First Recorded - 15 Aug 18 (Penns Wood)

Harlequin Ladybird nymph - Harmonia axyridis

LEAFHOPPERS

Cicadellidae

Leafhopper - Mocydia crocea
First Recorded - 17 Apr 18 (Combefield Quarry)

SAWFLIES

Tenthredininae


Tenthredopsis coquebertii
First Recorded - 18 Jun 18 (Mermaid Track)


SHIELDBUGS

Pentatomidae

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasina
First recorded - 18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)


Red-legged Shieldbug - Pentatoma rufipes
First recorded - 21 Jul 17 (Rufus Castle)

 Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum
First Recorded - 19 Sep 17 (Wakeham)

Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
First recorded 12 May 18 (Pennsylvania Castle Wood)

Southern Green Shieldbug - Nezara viridula (Early instar nymphs)
First Recorded - 20 Jun 18 (Church Ope Cove)

Southern Green Shieldbug Nezara viridula (Early instar nymphs)
Recorded - 1 Jul 18 (Mermaid Track)

Southern Green Shieldbug Nezara viridula (Early instar nymphs)
Recorded - 1 Jul 18 (Mermaid Track) Video Here


Coreidae

Dock Bug - Coreus marginatus
First Recorded - 2 Jul 17 (South West Coast path)

SILVERFISH

 Silverfish Lepisma saccharina
First Recorded - 17 Oct 17 (Wakeham)

SLUGS

Large Red Slug - Arion ater
First Recorded - 26 Jul 17 (Wakeham)


Black Slug - Arion ater
First Recorded - 16 Apr 18 (Bumpers Lane)

Netted or Grey Field Slug - Deroceras reticulatum
First Recorded - 7 Jun 18 (Wakeham)

SNAILS


Garden Snail - Cornu aspersa
First Recorded - 24 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

White-lipped Banded Snail - Cepaea hortensis
First Recorded - 26 Jul 17 (Wakeham)

White-lipped Banded Snail Cepaea hortensis

Brown-lipped Banded Snail - Cepaea nemoralis
First Recorded - 7 Jun 18 (Church Ope Cove)


SPIDERS

Thomisidae

White Crab Spider Misumena vatia
First Recorded - 25 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Garden Spider Araneus diadematus
First Recorded - 10 Jul 17 (Church Ope Cove)

 Drassyllus / Zelotes sp.
First Recorded - 6 Sep 17 (East Cliffs)

 Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata
First Recorded - 20 Sep 17 (Wakeham)

Giant House-spider Tegenaria duellica
First Recorded - 9 Oct 17 (Wakeham)

Lycosidae

Common Fox-spider - Alopecosa pulverulenta
First Recorded - 7 May 18 (Wakeham)

Pisauridae

Nursery Web Spider - Pisaura mirabilis
First recorded - 18 Apr 18 (St Andrew's Church)

Common Stretch Spider Tetragnatha extensa
First recorded - 7 Jun 18 (St Andrew's Church)



WASPS

Vespidae

Common Wasp - Vespula vulgaris
First Recorded - 11 Jul 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris

European Paper Wasp, Polistes Dominula
First recorded - 10 Jul 18 (Wakeham)

Chrysididae - Ruby-tailed Wasps

Ruby-tailed Wasp Chrysis sp.
First recorded - 18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Crabronidae - Sand Wasps

Ectemnius sp.
First recorded - 18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Ectemnius sexcinctus
First Recorded - 27 Jul 19 (Church Ope Cove)

Ectemnius sexcinctus

Ectemnius sexcinctus

 Ectemnius sexcinctus


Eumeninae - Potter and Mason Wasps


 Potter Wasp - Ancistrocerus sp.
First recorded - 18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Box-headed Mason-waspGymnomerus laevipes
First Recorded - 19 Jun 18 (Rufus Castle)

Box-headed Mason-waspGymnomerus laevipes

Ichneumonidae - Ichneumon Wasps


Hover Fly Parasite - Diplazon laetatorius
First Recorded - 24 Jul 17 (Wakeham)

Ophion scutellaris
First Recorded - 15 Oct 17 (East Weare)

Syrphoctonus tarsatorius
First Recorded - 9 May 18 (Wakeham)

Ichneumon sarcitorius
First recorded - 19 May 18 (Top Fields)

Ichneumon sarcitorius

Ichneumon sarcitorius

Red-legged WaspBuathra laborator
First recorded - 19 May 18  (Top Fields)

Amblyteles armatorius
First recorded - 12 May 18 (Church Ope Cove)

Amblyteles armatorius

Amblyteles armatorius

Pimpla spuria
First Recorded - 14 Sep 18 (Wakeham)

Heteropelma sp.
First recorded - 13 May 18 (Rufus Castle)

Heteropelma sp.

Heteropelma sp.

Tromatobia sp.
First recorded - 13 May 18 (Rufus Castle)


Ichneumon wasp sp.
First recorded -  18 Jun 17 (Wakeham)

Ichneumon wasp sp.

Gasteruption assectator or Gasteruption minutum
First recorded - 8 Jul 17 (Church Ope Cove)

Gasteruption assectator or Gasteruption minutum

Achaius oratorius
First Recorded - 11 Jun 18 (Radipole RSPB Reserve)

Achaius oratorius



WATER BUGS

Not Recorded Yet


WOODLICE, CRUSTACEANS

Oniscidae


Southern Pill Woodlouse Armadillidium depressum
First recorded - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)


WORMS

Not Recorded Yet

Also recorded but species unknown.

Andrena sp.
First Recorded - 5 Jun 18 (Penn's Weare)


Andrena sp.
First Recorded - 20 Jun 18 (St Andrew's Church)


Froghopper - 10 Jun 17 (Broadcroft Quarry)