Photos of insects in Cambridge

Common Darter A random collection of insect photos taken with a Kodak DC240 Digital Camera (fitted with a X6 magnifier ("loupe") for the smaller insects)
- from 2002 with a Nikon Coolpix 995.
- from August 2008 with a Nikon Coolpix P80.
- from July 2014 with a Nikon D3300 DSLR with 100mm macro lens.

The photos were all taken in or near Cambridge, many in my garden (location details), most of the others in Local Nature Reserves.

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Indexes to main orders: Coleoptera>> Beetles Diptera>> 2-winged flies Lepidoptera>> Butterflies and moths Hymenoptera>> Bees and wasps

No insects were harmed in the production of these pages (apart for natural instances of predation!)

Order Sub-Order
hierarchy
Family Species
Odonata
Dragonflies & Damselflies
Zygoptera/B>
Damselflies
Coenagrionidae Calopteryx splendens Banded Demoiselle
Enallagma cyathigerum Common Blue Damselfly
Ischnura elegans Blue-tailed Damselfly
Pyrrhosoma nymphula Large Red Damselfly
Anisoptera
Dragonflies
Aeshnidae Aeshna grandis Brown Hawker
Aeshna mixta Migrant Hawker
Libellulidae Orthetrum cancellatum Black-tailed skimmer
Sympetrum sanguineum Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum striolatum Common Darter
Orthoptera
Grasshoppers
Caelifera
Acridoidea
Acrididae Chorthippus albomarginatus Lesser Marsh Grasshopper
Chorthippus brunneus Field Grasshopper
Chorthippus parallelus Meadow Grasshopper
Tetrigidae Tetrix subulata Slender Groundhopper
Ensifera
Tettigonioidea
Tettigoniidae Leptophyes punctatissima Speckled Bush-cricket
Meconema thalassinum Oak Bush-cricket
Metrioptera roeselii Roesel's Bush-cricket
Heteroptera
True Bugs
Cimicomorpha
Miroidea
Miridae Deraeocoris flavilinea
Deraeocoris ruber Red Bug
Campyloneura virgula
Closterotomus norvegicus Potato Capsid
Lygocoris pabulinus Common Green Capsid
Liocoris tripustulatus Common Nettle Capsid
Leptopterna dolabrata Meadow Plant Bug
Stenodema laevigatum Grass Bug
Heterotoma planicornis
Cimicomorpha (contd)
Naboidea
Nabidae Himacerus mirmicoides Ant Damsel Bug
Nabis ferus Field Damsel Bug
Cimicomorpha (contd)
Cimicoidea
Anthocoridae Anthocoris nemorum Common Flower Bug
Cimicomorpha (contd)
Tingoidea
Tingidae Tingis ampliata Creeping-Thistle Lace Bug
Tingis cardui Spear-Thistle Lace Bug
Pentatomomorpha
Pentatomoidea
Acanthosomatidae Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale Hawthorn Shieldbug
Cyphostethus tristriatus Juniper Shieldbug
Elasmostethus interstinctus Birch Shieldbug
Elasmucha grisea Parent Bug
Cydnidae Legnotus limbosus Bordered Shieldbug
Sehirus luctuosus Forget-me-not Shieldbug
Pentatomidae Aelia acuminata Bishop's Mitre
Dolycoris baccarum Sloe Bug (Hairy Shieldbug)
Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug
Eysarcoris venustissimus Woundwort Shieldbug
Nezara viridula Southern Green Shieldbug
Palomena prasina Green Shieldbug
Picromerus bidens Spiked Shieldbug
Piezodorus lituratus Gorse Shieldbug
Troilus luridus Bronze Shieldbug
Zicrona caerulea Blue Bug
Pentatomomorpha (contd)
Lygaeoidea
Lygaeidae Scolopostethus thomsoni
Pentatomomorpha (contd)
Coreoidea
Coreidae Coreus marginatus
Gonocerus acuteangulatus
Rhopalidae Corizus hyoscyami
Rhopalus subrufus
Sternorrhyncha
Aphids
Aphidomorpha
Aphidoidea
Lachnidae Tuberolachnus salignus Giant willow aphid
Auchenorrhyncha
Cicadas & hoppers
Cicadomorpha
Cercopoidea
Aphrophoridae Philaenus spumarius Common Frog-hopper
Cicadomorpha (contd)
Membracoidea
Cicadellidae Agallia consobrina
Balclutha punctata
Eupteryx atropunctata
Eupteryx aurata
Eupteryx decemnotata
Eupteryx melissae
Eupteryx urticae
Japananus hyalinus
Metidiocerus rutilans
Mocydia crocea
Orientus ishidae
Ribautiana tenerrima
Synophropsis lauri
Zygina flammigera
Zyginella pulchra
Fulgoromorpha
Fulgoroidea
Delphacidae Asiraca clavicornis
Stenocranus major
Issidae Issus coleoptratus
Neuroptera   Chrysopidae Chrysopa perla
Chrysoperla carnea
Mecoptera   Panorpidae Panorpa communis

Some new or potential British species to watch out for

Some other sites showing European garden insects:
A Small Wildlife Garden (Newport, Gwent)
My bit of the planet (Aldershot, Hants)
A Nature Observer's Scrapbook (Horncastle, Lincs)
InvertebrateIreland
Hania's and Hans' Garden Safari (Netherlands)


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Please credit: Photographs: Keith Edkins: or if technically possible <a href="http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/insects/">Keith Edkins</a>