Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle © Natural England / Chris GomersallBeautiful Demoiselle damselflies are on the wing from early summer until the early autumn.
Photo: © Natural England/Chris Gomersall

Brassica Bug

Brassica bugLook out for gorgeous little Brassica Bugs on crucifer species, such as Scurvy-grass or Garlic Mustard.
Photo: Sally Luker

Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser, Windmill Farm, CornwallWindmill Farm is a haven for dragon- and damselflies, including species such as this Broad-bodied Chaser.
Photo: Dougy Wright

Chequered Hoverfly

There are many species of hoverfly in the UK. While most are known only by their scientific name, this one is distinguished by having a common name of its own.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Chrysotoxum elegans (hoverfly)

Chrysotoxum elegansThe striking and nationally scarce hoverfly Chrysotoxum elegans is often found near the coasts of south-west England and southern Wales. Poltesco is a good place to look for it.
Photo: Andy Pay

Common Crab Spider

Common Crab Spider (photo by Amanda Scott)This little crab spider was spotted scuttling across the beach at Church Cove, near Gunwalloe, but they can be found in many habitats, especially open, undisturbed ground.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Common Darter

Common Darter © Natural England/Paul LaceyThe Common Darter is one of our latest-flying dragonflies: it is on the wing into October, and even November in warmer autumns.
Photo: © Natural England/Paul Lacey

Dasysyrphus albostriatus

Dasysyrphus albostriatusSpring and summer usher in hoverflies - there are so many species that only a handful have common names.
Photo: Andy Pay

Flavous Nomad Bee

Nomada flava (photo: Andy Pay)This lovely little nomad bee was spotted at Poltesco. Called the Flavous Nomad Bee, it was gorging itself on Three-cornered Garlic.
Photo: Andy Pay


Flower Crab Spider

Flower Crab SpiderLook on flowerheads in the summer to see if you can spot a female Crab Spider – the camouflage is very good, so you’ll need to search carefully.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Four-spotted Chaser

four-spotted Chaser © Natural England/Allan DrewittA common sight in the summer, watch out for the darting, hovering flight of the Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly.
Photo: © Natural England/Allan Drewitt

Garden Spider

In late summer and early autumn, you may notice orb spiderwebs covering the shrubs and long grass alongside the coastal paths on the Lizard, glistening with dew in the early morning. They will have been made by the Garden Spider, common in Cornwall.
Photo: Ilya Maclean

Gold-ringed Dragonfly

Gold-ringed Dragonflies have a mostly western distribution in the UK.
Photo: Peter Wood

Golden-haired Longhorn Beetle

Golden-haired Longhorn Beetle, Leptura aurulenta, Cornwall, Erisey Barton, The LizardThis lovely and somewhat rare longhorn beetle species was spotted at Erisey Barton in July.  
Photo: Sarah Board

Great Green Bush-cricket

The Great Green Bush-cricket’s preferred habitat is brambly scrubland, bracken and hedges.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Green Tiger Beetle

Green Tiger Beetle, Cornwall, The Lizard, GoonhillyThis might be our commonest tiger beetle, but its metallic green hue and long-legged bursts of speed make it a delight to see in the spring and summer.
Photo: Sarah Board

Grey Bush-cricket

This female Grey Bush-cricket climbed on to a rucksack strap to pose for the camera at Kynance.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Hairy Beech Gall

Hairy Beech GallIn late summer into autumn, you may see small cylindrical growths on Beech leaves. These are made by the gall midge Hartigiola annulipes. Look out for them when exploring the woods of the Helford River.
Photo: Amanda Scott


HornetHornets are not anything like as fearsome as they look.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider (photo by Tony Blunden)This attractive little species of Jumping Spider was spotted at Kennack Sands.
Photo: Tony Blunden

Keeled Skimmer

Keeled SkimmerKeeled Skimmers can be spotted near the pools at Higher Bochym in summer.
Photo: Kate Dalziel


Leptothrix discophora (photo by Amanda Scott)No, it’s not a miniature oil slick. That oily film on the surface of puddles on The Lizard is an iron-oxidizing bacterium.
Photo: Amanda Scott



Marmalade Fly

Marmalade flyThe Marmalade Fly, our most common hoverfly, can be seen most of the year, as overwintering adults will emerge on sunny winter days.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker, dragonfly, Cornwall, The LizardThis dragonfly species is on the wing well into the autumn, and can often be seen away from the ponds where it breeds.
Photo: Ray Surridge 

Oak Marble Gall

Oak Marble Galls, common on oak trees, are created by a parasitic gall-wasp. 
Photo: Ray Surridge

Red-veined Darter

Red-veined Darter, Windmill FarmWindmill Farm is a good place to see Red-veined Darters, a relatively scarce summer migrant to the UK. 
Photo: Dougy Wright

Ruby-tailed Wasp

Ruby-tailed Wasp (photo: Andy Pay)What a jewel of an insect! This Ruby-tailed Wasp was spotted at Poltesco.
Photo: Andy Pay

Sexton beetle

Sexton beetle, Debbie Sea-Kay, The Lizard, CornwallAs spring arrives, we can look forward not only to budding flowers, but also to insects, like this Sexton beetle, greeting another year.
Photo: Debbie Sea-Kay

Silk Button Gall

Silk Button Gall on oakSilk Button Galls, one of the many kinds of galls found on our native oaks, really do look as if they have been spun from silken thread.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Spangle galls

Spangle gallsSpangle Galls, which are created by a parasitic wasp, are one of the many kinds of galls found on oak trees. These were spotted at Croft Noweth on Goonhilly.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Speckled Bush-cricket

This is a species that is often hard to spot with its leaf-coloured camouflage.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Sulphur Beetle

Sulphur Beetle on ThymeThe bright colour of Sulphur Beetles makes them hard to miss, despite being small. 
Photo: Amanda Scott

Swollen-thighed Beetle

Oedemera nobilisLook out for the sparkling copper-green of the Swollen-thighed Beetle on flowerheads on hot sunny summer days. 
Photo: Amanda Scott

Wasp Spider

Wasp Spider (Rebecca Hughes)This lovely Wasp Spider was spotted close to Ruan Major recently.
Photo: Rebecca Hughes

Wasp-mimic hoverfly

The striking wasp-mimic hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum is found in grassy places and more open areas in woodland.
Photo: Andy Pay

Western Bee-fly

Western Bee-flyThe Western Bee-fly is a fairly rare species in the UK – it has been spotted on The Lizard, both near Kennack and at Poltesco.
Photo: Tony Blunden

Yellow-legged Mining Bee

Mining Bee Andrea flavipesThe first flight period of the Yellow-legged Mining Bee is in the spring, when you can spot them nectaring on flowers. You can also look out for their nests in exposed soil, looking like tiny drilled holes.
Photo: Andy Pay

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