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Xysticus erraticus
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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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no 1113963
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.
Early Summer recording Record Red-and-Black Froghopper Record Lavender Beetle
Record Stag Beetle
Record Misumena crab spider
Record Lily Beetle
Record Swollen-thighed Beetle Record Zebra Spider

Leptoglossus occidentalis (Western Conifer Seed Bug)

This large (20mm) bug is a native of North America.  It was introduced into mainland Europe circa 1999 and there are now very occasional reports of it crossing the channel to the UK.

It is a pest of conifer seeds rather than of leaf or wood but is considered to be a potential pest in the UK.  The specimen illustrated in the photo gallery was found in the offices of the Essex Wildlife Trust at Great Wigborough on 26th October 2009.