Taken in Tring, UK today.
This is a member of the order Hemiptera Heteroptera, the true bugs. I'm not a great expert in these, but it looks to me like a member of the family Rhopalidae, poosibly the genus Rhopalus. Aview of the top of the insect would be helpful. You might like to take a look at:www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Rhopalidae/rhopalus_subrufus.htm Check the other Rhopalus species.
Many thanks. I will see what other pictures I have taken, I took a few from different angles and I will compare them with that link you provided. I've enjoyed the macro world but have a lot to learn of the species and this along with a couple of bees I have really been struggling to identify in the books I have. Narrowing things down as you have done for me is a great start.
Here are some useful references regarding those bees...
- Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society
- ID guide for 6 common British bumblebees
- ID guide for British bumblebees
- list of British bees
- bees and wasps - some usefil diagrams
Thanks for the links. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do.
It's not a rhopalid. Members of the Rhopalidae have fairly obvious ocelli on top of their heads.
It looks like a Phytocoris species to me with the extra long hind femur held steeply like that and the long first antennal segment. It's probably Phytocoris varipes.
Great photo by the way!
I have a couple more images of it from other angles so I will add those later and compare. When I looked at the Rhopalid images linked to above I could find none with similar antennae.
Thanks. I used a Canon 7D with EF-S 60mm lens and a full set of extension tubes. I've been working hard on getting the lighting right (diffused off camera 600EX RT) and for that picture I held a large dock leaf behind the bug as a background.