The Wyre Forest Study Group is hosting the 13th Worcestershire Entomology Day on Saturday 5th November 2016 at Rock Village Hall. See details and booking form below. Booking essential.
This male caddisfly, which lives in the River Severn, has very large maxillary palps which look like boxing gloves!
One of the most important nectaring plants for insects in the early spring is the willow (Salix spp). Male catkins and female catkins are on separate trees. Although only the males produce pollen, but types of catkins produce nectar which are eagerly sought by a range of insects, especially when the sun in shining! The catkins are just stating to open now in sheltered places.
In the spring and summer female aphids reproduce by giving birth to live young parthenogenically (without the need for fertilisation), but in the autumn they produce males and females which mate, and those females lay eggs which overwinter. Some of these eggs are black and shiny like these that we found on a Scots Pine sapling near Dowles Brook recently.