I am research director for a wildlife project in Romania and we are running the first ever biodiversity studies in this particular area and would like some help identifying some bugs! All of these were found in wild flower meadows in the Carpathian mountains.
These are just a few as we have only just started, there are literally hundreds of grasshoppers and othe invertebrates, some I have be able to ID already.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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3. Aelia acuminata (Bishop's Mitre shieldbug) adult (http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/aelia_acuminata.html)
4. Pentatoma rufipes (red-legged or forest shieldbug) nymph (http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/pentotoma_rufipes.html)
5. Nysius, possibly N. heleveticus nymph? (http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Lygaeidae/Nysius_heleveticus.html)
Refer to Fauna Europaea for checklist of species.
eg. here's Heteroptera - http://www.faunaeur.org/full_results.php?id=12786
And from particular species, you can get a distribution map,
eg. for Nysius heleveticus - http://www.faunaeur.org/Maps/display_map.php?map_name=euro&map_language=en&taxon1=453458
Which particular area in Romania are you studying? There have been many biodiversity studies in the Carpathians, and I have been involved in some. Did you try to contact some experts in Romanian museums?There are natural history museums in Bucuresti, Iasi, Bacau, Piatra Neamt, Sibiu, Targu Mures, Cluj, Timisoara, Constanta, etc. There are insect experts in universities in many cities. There are societies, such as the Lepidoptera, etc. I would be surprised if you couldn't find an expert in those bugs. These are true bugs (Hemiptera), mostly shield bugs (Pentatomidae). Try Aurora Stanescu from the National Museum of Natural History in the first instance, or Milca Petrovici in Timisoara.
Thank you for the links, when I have more images I will put together an email to them and see if they can help, so far we have managed most of the butterflies that we have found (although field time has been limited due to thuderstorms), but it is the other insects I am having trouble identifying, I find species that are similar but not the same!
We are working in two site areas at the moment in Covasna, Transylvania. One of the sites has been researched before but a couple of years ago and they are interested in our results to compare them with theres from that research, in particular with the invertebrates. The second site has not been studied and the rangers are very keen for our help as they know of the large carnivores but not everything else.
We are only a small team of 4 and I am the only scientist so all the ID work is down to me, the other guys are just collecting the data!
I am writing a blog about our research over the next 12 months about what we are doing and what we find along the way, you can read it here: