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Insect Miscellany

Ants, bees and wasps are insects, and so are a host of other creatures, not all of which have wings. Rather than leave the impression that our Insect categories are anywhere near complete, we have created this 'miscellany page' and from time to time we will add pictures and brief details of species from the class Insecta that do not fit in to our main sections.

Alder Fly

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Alder Fly Sialis lutaria

Alder larvae live in the silt at the bottom of ponds, ditches and river backwaters, where they feed on bloodworms and other small aquatic creatures. Adult Alder Flies can be seen on the wing in springtime. The females lay their eggs on waterside vegetation, and once hatched the young larvae fall in to the water, where they live for a year or sometimes two years.

Egyptian Grasshopper

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Egyptian Grasshopper Anacridium aegyptium

The Egyptian Grasshopper is a large and very common species in Mediterranean countries. Females are typically 6cm long, while males are rarely more than half that length. Being well camouflaged, they can give you quite a fright when they suddenly take off in front of you as you approach. They are quite harmless, however.

Egyptian Grasshopper

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Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris

This is the largest and one of the most common of the bumblebees found in Britain and Ireland. Only the queens have distinctive buff tails; workers and males have white tails. The workers of this species are active all through the winter months..


Dead Drift, the latest novel by Pat O'Reilly

Fascinated by rivers, lakes and wild trout? Then you would really enjoy Pat O'Reilly's latest river-based thriller Dead Drift. All publisher profits and author royalties are being donated to support the Wild Trout Trust, helping communities to restore and protect wild trout and their habitats. Order your copy here...

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