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|These are very small flies, about 2-3 mm in length and their bodies are mostly yellow in colour. The head and antennae are bright yellow. The top section? the upper surface? of their chest (thorax) is shiny black. Their scutellum is also light yellow. They have markings on the upper surface. The females have an ovip...|
...r. The head and antennae are bright yellow. The top section? the upper surface? of their chest (thorax) is shiny black. Their scutellum is also light yellow. They have markings on the upper surface. The females have an ovipositor on the end of their bodies.
The adult flies have a life span of about 1 week and only feed on vegetables (phytophagous). Aside from the open air, they are mainly encountered in greenhouses. After hatching from pupae, the females start feeding immediately. They drill smal...
...tatoes are often affected. The females use their ovipositors to drill into the upper side of leaves and place 50 to 100 (sometimes even up to 400) eggs there. The hatched larvae develop rapidly. At the end of the third and last larval stage the bodies of the larvae can reach lengths of up to 3 mm. The bodies are yellowish-white in colour and have no legs. The larvae remain in the leaf and bite twisting (serpentine like) passageways into the cell tissues by moving their mouth hooks up and down. Hence the English name "Serpentine leafminers" ...
|In almost every environment, mosquitoes live on bodies of water. The exceptions to this are the polar regions, deserts and altitudes of above 1500 metres. The body shape of mosquitoes varies but rarely exceeds 15 mm in length. Their bodies are slender, with relatively long legs. The wings are membranous and sometimes scaly. The head has 2 long antennae with many segments. The females also have a proboscis. The mouth parts of the males are not suitable for stinging. |
|Adult sage leafhoppers reach body lengths of 2 - 3. 5 mm. Their bodies taper at the front and are club shaped at the rear. The base colour of the body is whitish-green to yellowish-green. On the upper part of the face and forehead there are four to five black spots. The pronotum has two black spots in the middle and th...|
...ere are four to five black spots. The pronotum has two black spots in the middle and three on the sides. The front wings have a pattern made up of dark brown spots and dark edges. The wing veins are distinctly yellow. The legs are whitish-green. The bodies of the immature nymphs are cream coloured.
|... Apocrita, the infraorder Aculeata, the superfamily Apoidea and the subfamily Hylaeineae. This genus has numerous species worldwide. In Central Europe around 45 species are common, and in Germany 37.
Hylaeus reach body lengths of 6-9 mm. Their bodies are almost always black and hairless , which rules out immediate determination of Hylaeus species in the field. . Only three species have red as the base colour of their abdomens.
It is typical for all Hylaeus to have a clearly visible marking ...|
...he anterior eye margins , or this marking can be completely absent. The markings on the face vary from species to species, and this therefore allows accurate identification. Many species have bright spots on the chest and legs. Since their bodies are hairless, these bees cannot carry pollen externally. Hylaeus carry pollen in a crop (a pouch in the foregut).
Hylaeus prefer to live on forest edges, in parks and gardens, hedgerows,sand pits and clay pits. The adult bees are active from Ma...
|The bee wolf is slightly larger than the honey bee. Females reach body lengths of 13 - 18 mm, while the males, 8-10 mm in length, are significantly smaller. Bee wolve’s bodies are elongated, club-shaped and predominantly yellow and black in colour. The markings on their bodies vary from yellow to white to red brown. |
|Water scavenger beetles reach body lengths of 4-9 mm. Their bodies are oval-shaped, with a very flat underside. They have a slightly metallic sheen, are deep black in colour and shimmer slightly bronze when seen in light.
Adults have short, club-shaped antennae. Their mouthparts (maxillary palpi) are elongate...|
...points. The legs of the beetle are yellowish, yellow-brown or rust-colored. The tarsi appear reddish brown to dark brown in colour.
The hind legs have long hairs that aid in swimming. The water scavenger beetle prefers to live in and on smaller bodies of waters with sufficient sunlight. They are often found (as adults or larvae) floating on the surface of salt water or brackish water (mixture of river and sea water). The adults eat rotten plant debris. They surface for air head first and tra...
|Painted lady caterpillars reach lengths of 35-40 mm. Their bodies have a light yellow to greenish-brown base colour. On the surface, a fine, dark pattern can be discerned, which varies in form. The caterpillars have a shape like a ring and branching spines on each segment of their bodies. The rings lie between the spines and are (like the entire back) usually more yellowish, while the base of the spines is more reddish. Other caterpillars of the same species are much brighter, with a high proportion of white.|
|...ica, Eucorethra rutilus, Eucorethra underwoodi, Mochlonyx cinctipes, Mochlonyx fuliginosus and Mochlonyx velutinus. Phantom midges are commonly found throughout the world, especially in the Palaearctic. Adult phantom midges have slender and graceful bodies. They can reach body lengths of 2-10 mm. Their bodies are light yellow, greenish, or almost transparent and are reminiscent of mosquitoes.|
|The bodies of Chironomus atroviridis are medium in size, soft-skinned and delicate. The mouthparts of these insects are not suitable for stinging or sucking blood. Their antennae have discrete groups of hairs on their surface which are capable of improvi...|
...ving their ability to detect vibrations. The chest (thorax) is very arched. The wings are well developed and are posited roof-like on the abdomen in resting position. When at rest, these midges stretch their front legs out forwards free of their bodies and move them convulsively. Chironomus atroviridis have a life expectancy of only a few days. They feed on honeydew or nectar.
|The larvae of Silphidae, with their broad, flattened, oval or elongated bodies often resemble woodlice. The surface of their bodies is hard. They usually have antennae with 4 segments. On each side of the head there are 2 - 6 secondary eyes. The larvae have 2 segmented appendages at the end of their abdomen, which support movement. |
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