Insects of Magyarlukafa

Violet carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea)All nature pictures were taken by us in or near Magyarlukafa, unless stated otherwise.
Obviously we can't mention each and every insect species occurring in Magyarlukafa. There are far to many species and furthermore we lack the knowledge to do so.
Therefore you'll find below just some of the interesting species you'll find in Magyarlukafa.
The butterflies and dragonflies are covered elsewhere on this site.
Beetles
Stag beetle Lucanus cervus
In June and the beginning of July the stag beetle is quiete common both in the woods and in the village itself. The beetle well deserves its name with the male's enlarged mandibles. The female is lacking the antlerlike mandibles and is much smaller than the male. The males become increasingly active towards dark when they fly about seraching for females. The females are usually found walking on the ground.
European rhinoceros beetle Oryctes nasicornis
The European rhinoceros beetle is a spectacular beetle, but in Magyarlukafa it is much less often encountered than the stag beetle.
Alpine longhorn beetle Rosalia alpina
Another big and rare species. The Alpine longhorn beetle may well be the most beautiful European beetle. In Magyarlukafa it usually can be found in July. Diurnal beetle which flies on sunny days.
Green rose chafer Cetonia aurata
Conspicuous beetle often present in large numbers on high growing wild flowers. It only flies on sunny days.
White spotted rose beetle Oxythyrea funesta
Common beetle smaller than the green rose chafer, but behaving similarly.
Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha
Not very common.
Lesser glow-worm Lamprohiza splendidula
The extraordinary spectacle of their floating lights can only be witnessed for a dozen days in June and only so during the first hours of the night. Both males and females glow, but while the males are winged little beetles that fly around, the females are larviforme creatures without wings living on the lower vegetation.
Granulated ground beetle Carabus granulatus
The most beautiful ground beetle of Magyarlukafa.
Green tiger beetle Cicindela campestris
Beautiful fast moving beetles which alternately run and fly. Difficult to approach. Green tiger beetles can mainly be seen in the spring on sandy, sunny paths in somewhat higher lying parts of the forest near Magyarlukafa.
Firebug Pyrrhocoris apterus
These scarlet red bugs often can be seen in large numbers in Magyarlukafa.
In the village street they can enjoy their favorite food: sap and juice from fallen linden leaves and seeds.
Mantises
European praying mantis Mantis religiosa
These fascinating creatures are not at all uncommon in Magyarlukafa, but the adults only appear around mid August and can be found until the end of September.
Crickets
Field cricket Gryllus campestris
In Magayarlukafa we're fortunate enough to be able to hear their song from May tot the end of September, or even longer..
Moths
Japanese silk moth Antheraea yamamai
Huge moth with a story to tell.
The Japanese silk moth is the largest European moth but it originates from Japan. The moth first turned up in the wild in Slovenia when, around 1870, some specimens managed to escape from a silkworm breeding facility (wild silk). They mainly fly in August.
DragonfliesMore...
Broad-bodied chaser Libellula depressa
Very distinctive because of its broad flattened abdomen. Very common in June near small bodies of water with little vegetation. Males are blues while females are yellow.
Beautiful demoiselle Calopteryx virgo
The beautiful demoiselle lives near streams and creeks with clean water and bank vegetation providing shadow as well as sunny spots.
Banded demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Cf. beautiful demoiselle.
Solitary bees
Common long-horned bee Eucera longicornis
The males have extremely long antennae and are unlikely to be mistaken for any other species.
Violet carpenter bee Xylocopa violacea
The largest European bee species. A striking appearance because of its beautiful iridescent colour. Very docile species.
Spider-hunting wasps
Priocnemis perturbator Priocnemis perturbator
Spider-hunting wasps are small nectar-feeding wasps. They get their name from the behavior of hunting spiders as food for their larvae. The females search spiders and paralyze them with a well-aimed sting. Then the wasp will insert the spider into a burrow and lays a single egg on the abdomen of the spider. Once the egg is hatched the larvae feeds on the paralyzed, but still living spider. Priocnemis perturbator hunts mainly ground wolf spiders (Trochosa terricola) as can be seen on the photograph and the video.