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Sun 28th September 2008 23:02 by Peter Harvey
Yes, I think this is probably a Palomina prasina nymph
Sun 28th September 2008 22:26 by Martyn Everett
Am I right in my identification of this as a Shield Bug nymph?

Palomena Prasina Nymph Copyright: Martyn Everett

Sun 28th September 2008 22:18 by Peter Harvey
Yes, I think this is probably a Palomina prasina nymph
Sun 28th September 2008 21:50 by Martyn Everett
Am I right in my identification of this as a Shield Bug nymph?

Palomena Prasina Nymph Copyright: Martyn Everett

Sun 21st September 2008 18:07 by Peter Harvey
Many thanks Martyn for the date etc of your Osmia rufa.

I took a picture of Rosemary Beetle larvae earlier this year see below, and also what I think might be the affect of its early development on the plant, as a kind of gall. I might be wrong about this though. The beetles and their larvae don't seem to do any significant damage to either my rosemary or lavender.

Chrysolina americana larva Copyright: Peter Harvey
Chrysolina americana possible gall on rosemary Copyright: Peter Harvey

Sun 21st September 2008 10:02 by Martyn Everett
Rosemary Beetles
I have recently been revisited by a colony (20-30) of Rosemary Beetles. They seem to spend a lot of time doing what comes naturally - must be the sunny weather.  Strangely there is no sign of them on nearby lavender or rosemary bushes. Rosemary Beetles Copyright: Martyn Everett.  Does anyone know what they look like in the early stages of their development?
Sun 21st September 2008 09:39 by Martyn Everett
Siting details
I photographed it on 18 april 2006 at CB10 1AW
Sat 20th September 2008 13:46 by Peter Harvey
I reckon this is a safe bet for a male Osmia rufa (long antennae, general appearance compared to female). Have you got a grid reference or postcode, and preferably a day date, so that I can add to the county records?
Sat 20th September 2008 00:16 by Martyn Everett
Can you help
Can anyone help to identify this bee photographed in Saffron Walden in April 2006 - tentatively identified as Osmia rufa

Tentative identification Osmia rufa Copyright: Martyn Everett


Fri 5th September 2008 21:05 by Peter Harvey
Two bugs have turned up in Essex recently, and are well worth looking out for in gardens and your general neighbourhood. I found an adult Box Bug Gonocerus acuteangulatus in my garden in Grays sitting on Mahonia next to a large box shrub at the end of August and then some nymphs (one of which matured into an adult several days ago) on wild rose at Walthamstow - so it could easily turn up almost anywhere in Essex.
Gonocerus acuteangulatus Copyright: Peter Harvey
I have found the Southern Green Shieldbug Nezera viridula near Stanford le Hope recently and Peter Kirby identified a 5th instar nymph I found in Stratford in 2003.
Nezara viridula Copyright: Peter Harvey
Nezara viridula 5th instar Copyright: Peter Harvey


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