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Guide to the Insects of a Wildlife Reserve in Baixo Alentejo

All Photographs were taken by the website author on the reserve unless otherwise stated.

Species Notes Photographs Photographs Photographs

Striped Shieldbug

Graphosoma lineatum

 

Striped Shieldbugs mating (Graphosoma lineatum italicum).

 

 

Red Shieldbug

Carpocoris mediterraneus

 

Red Shieldbug.

 

 

Bug Sp.

Centrocoris variegatus

 

Bug Sp. Centrocoris variegatus.

 

 

Redstriped Oil Beetle

Berberomeloe majali

 

Redstriped Oil Beetle.

This is the rarer all black morph of the Redstriped Oil Beetle.

 

Darkling Beetle Sp.

Heliotaurus ruficollis

Escaravelho ou capuchinho
 

Darkling Beetle Sp. Heliotaurus ruficollis. Escaravelho ou capuchinho. Feeding on Limestone Lettuce.

Darkling Beetle Sp. Heliotaurus ruficollis. Escaravelho ou capuchinho. Feeding on Limestone Lettuce.

 

Apple Blossom Beetle

Tropinota hirta

 

Apple Blossom Beetles on Crown Daisy.

 

 

Checkered Beetle Sp.

Trichodes octopunctatus

 

A species of Checkered Beetle.

 

 

Fourstriped Digger Bee

Amegilla quadrifasciata

 

 

 

Large Earth Bumble Bee

Bombus terrestris

 

Large Earth Bumble Bee drinking nectar from Wild Radish.

 

 

Mammoth Wasp

Megascolia bidens

 

 

Female Mammoth Wasp. Females have orange colouration on the front of the head and orange antennae unlike males which have black heads and longer orange antennae.

Females have two pairs of large yellow blotches on the abdomen (as here), while males only have one pair of large yellow blotches.

Female.

Large Yellowheaded Scoliid Wasp

Megascolia maculata

 

 

Male Large Yellowheaded Scoliid Wasp (Another species of Mammoth Wasp). Males have orange on the head whereas females have yellow.

Potter Wasp Sp.

Eumenes subpomiformis

 

A species of Potter Wasp (Eumenes subpomiformis).

A species of Potter Wasp (Eumenes subpomiformis).

 

Hover Fly Sp.

Eupeodes corollae

Mosca das flores

 

Hover Fly on Corn Marigold. Eupeodes corollae. Mosca das flores.

 

 

Dotted Bee-fly

Bombylius discolor

 

Dotted Bee-fly. Bombylius discolor. Photo by Chris.

Dotted Bee-fly. Bombylius discolor. Photo by Chris.

Dotted Bee-fly. Bombylius discolor. Photo by Chris.

Bee Fly Sp.

Bombylius cruciatus

 

 

Female Bee Fly Bombylius cruciatus feeding on nectar of Sweet Scabious.

Female Bee Fly Bombylius cruciatus.

 

Common Pondskater

Gerris lacustris

Alfaiate

 

Common Pondskater. Gerris lacustris. Alfaiate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insect Species List :

English Name Scientific Name Portuguese Name
       
1 Striped Shieldbug Graphosoma lineatum  
2 Red Shieldbug Carpocoris mediterraneus  
3 Bug Sp. Centrocoris variegatus  
4 Redstriped Oil Beetle Berberomeloe majali  
5 Darkling Beetle Sp. Heliotaurus ruficollis Escaravelho ou capuchinho
6 Apple Blossom Beetle Tropinota hirta  
7 Checkered Beetle Sp. Trichodes octopunctatus  
8 Fourstriped Digger Bee Amegilla quadrifasciata  
9 Large Earth Bumble Bee Bombus terrestris  
10 Mammoth Wasp Megascolia bidens  
11 Large Yellowheaded Scoliid Wasp Megascolia maculata  
12 Potter Wasp Sp. Eumenes subpomiformis  
13 Hoverfly Sp. Eupeodes corollae  
14 Dotted Bee-fly Bombylius discolor  
15 Bee-fly Sp. Bombylius cruciatus  
16 Common Pondskater Gerris lacustris Alfaiate

 

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