Common Insects on Sea Carrot Flowers in Guernsey

Sea Carrot Cteniopus sulphureus Rhagonycha fulva Oedemera lurida Oedemera nobilis Eurydema oleracea Carpocoris purpureipennis Coreus marginatus Rhinophora lepida Lucilia sp.

Daucus carota

Sea Carrot, Daucus carota, is a common plant around the coast of Guernsey that flowers in mid summer. It is easily recognised by its feathery leaves and white umbels of flowers, sometimes with a single red flower in the middle. Many common insects feed on its nectar and pollen, These are a few of them.

Cteniopus sulphureus, a yellow beetle that belongs to the same family as the mealworm (Coleoptera:Tenebrionidae).
Rhagonycha fulva, an orange and black soldier beetle (Coleoptera:Cantharidae). Its larva feeds on aphids.
Oedemera lurida, a black beetle with green tints (Coleoptera:Oedomeridae). Its larva mines in the stems of plants.
Oedemera nobilis, a shiny green beetle (Coleoptera:Oedomeridae). The male has greatly enlarged hind femora.
Eurydema oleracea, a shield bug (Hemiptera:Pentatomidae) that feeds on members of the Cabbage family such as Sea Radish, but also on the developing seeds of the carrot.
Carpocoris purpureipennis,Another shield bug. It is common on the cliffs in Guernsey but not found in the U.K.
Coreus marginatus, A Squash Bug (Hemiptera:Coreidae). This species is reputed to live on docks but is often found where there are no dock plants.
Rhinophora lepida, An abundant fly (Diptera:Rhinophoridae) about 3mm long whose larvae are parasitic in woodlice.
Lucilia sp., A Greenbottle (Diptera:Calliphoridae), one of several species common in Guernsey.

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