Beetles to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to

Hylobius abietis, the Pine weevil, Large pine weevil

Found on, in or near pine, spruce and larch.

Adults seen mainly April - June.

Adult length 8 - 14 mm.

Hylobius abietis adult, pine weevil

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Phyllobious, Weevil

Found on vegetation in gardens, and open woodland. Phyllobius sp weevil

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Coccinella septempunctata, 7 spot ladybird on a leaf, ladybug

Coccinella septempunctata, 7 spot ladybird

Both adults and larvae are found on vegetation, usually near aphids.

Usually seen only in the warmer months, however adults hibernate over the winter, often away from vegetation.

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Orange ladybird, Halyzia 16 guttata adult

Halyzia 16 guttata, Orange ladybird

Adults and larvae are found on the underside of the leaves of deciduous trees, especially sycamore. Adults hibernate in the trees, in leaf litter and even in the soil.

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2 spot ladybird, Adalia bipunctata

Adalia bipunctata, the 2 spot ladybird.

Adults and larvae are found in a variety of locations, but always near their food - aphids.

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10 spot ladybird adult, Adalia 10-punctata

10 - spot ladybird, Adalia 10-punctata

Variation in spot pattern and colour, but always has yellowish legs.

Adult body length is 3.5 - 5. 0 mm.

Found on deciduous trees, in meadows and gardens.

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cream spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata

Cream spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata

4 - 5 mm long.

Adults seen in spring on deciduous trees and hedgerows.

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