Hemiptera

Hemiptera, or Bugs, are a rich and diverse group of insects with over 1,700 species being found in the British Isles, and unlike Beetles are generally far easier to identify without the need for microscopic study of intimate body-parts. As a result they are generally a much more rewarding subject to study and since many members of the group are also rather colourful and varied, they also make good photographic muses. A good variety can be found in most gardens and searching for these charming wee beasties amongst the summer flowers must surely be one of the most enjoyable of activities.

Pentatomidae

Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum)
Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina)
Red-legged Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes)
Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus)
Blue Shieldbug (Zicrona caerulea)

Acanthosomatidae

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)
Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus)
Parent Bug (Elasmucha grisea)

Cydnidae

Pied Shieldbug (Tritomegas bicolor)

Miridae

Deroeocoris flavilinea (D. flavilinea)
Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus (D. flavoquadrimaculatus)
Harpocera thoracica (H. thoracica)
Heterotoma planicornis (H. planicornis)
Liocoris tripustulatus (L. tripustulatus)
Lygus wagneri (L. wagneri)
Neolygus contaminatus (N. contaminatus)

Anthocoridae

Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum)

Lygaeidae

Oxycarenus lavaterae (O. lavaterae)

Notonectidae

Common Backswimmer (Notonecta glauca)

Gerridae

Common Pondskater (Gerris lacustris)

Corixidae

Sigara dorsalis (S. dorsalis)

Cicadellidae

Acericerus heydenii (A. heydenii)

Aphrophoridae

Alder Spittlebug (Aphrophora alni)

Cercopidae

Red-and-black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata)