Invertebrates (Insects) - Transylvania - Romania

by Paul White RN FRGS - TWP Founder & Director

The forests and meadows are a 'buzz' with insect life from spring to autumn. Because these focal environments are not exposed to weed killers and insecticides there are many species here in large numbers that would be considered rare in western Europe. The TWP appreciates the assistance offered by readers in identifying the insect species below.


1. Latin name: Papilio machaon
Common name: Old World Swallowtail or Common Yellow Swallowtail
Image supplied by: Wildlife & Media Students, University of Cumbria
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Mating Cockchafers (May bugs)
2. Latin name: Scarabaeus melolontha
Common names: Cockchafer beetle or May bu
Image supplied by: Wildlife & Media Students, University of Cumbria
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3. Latin name: Liparus glabrirostris
Common name: Weevil
Image supplied by: Wildlife & Media Students, University of Cumbria
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4. Latin name: Aculepeira ceropegia
Common name: Oak Spider
Information supplied by: Craioveanu Cristina
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5. Latin name: Zygaena purpuralis
Common name: Transparent Burnet moth
Information supplied by: Debi Heath
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6. Latin name: Melitaea Athalia
Common name:Heath Fritillary
Information supplied by: Dale Sutton
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7. Latin name: Melanargia Galathea
Common name: Marbled White
Information supplied by: Dale Sutton
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9. Latin name: Polyomattus Icarus      
Common name: Common Blue
Information supplied by: Dora Anderson - Matt Rowlings - Cristina Craioveanu
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12. Latin name: Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) (Libellulidae)
Common name: Black Darter
Information supplied by: Dr Rosser Garrison 
Image supplied by: Balint Botond (TWP Secretary)
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13. Latin name: Enallagma Cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) (Male)
Common name: Common Blue Damselfly
Information supplied by: Dr Rosser Garrison
Image supplied by: Balint Botond (TWP Secretary)
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14. Latin name: Sympetrum sp. (male) (teneral Libellulid)
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Information supplied by: Dr Rosser Garrison
Image supplied by: Balint Botond (TWP Secretary)
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15. Latin name: Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)(male)(teneral aeshenid)
Common name: Southern Hawker
Information supplied by: Dr Rosser Garrison
Image supplied by: Balint Botond (TWP Secretary)
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16. Latin name: Argynnis pandora
Common name: Cardinal
Information supplied by: İnanc Doganay
Image supplied by: Balint Botond (TWP Secretary)
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17. Latin name: Stictoleptura rubra
Common name: Red Longhorn Beetle (Female)
Information supplied by: Adrian Ruicanescu
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18. Latin name: Mantis religiosa
Common name: Praying Mantis or European Mantis
Information supplied by: Ginny Battson
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Caterpillar
19. Latin name: Simyra albovenosa
Common name: Reed Dagger
Information supplied by: Marc Bulte
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Oil of Blister beetle
20. Latin name: Meloe ?specie
Common name: Oil or blister beetle
Information supplied by: Lisa Stuart
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European Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus)
21. Latin name: Lucanus cervus
Common name: Stag Beetle
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Five-spot Burnet moth
22. Latin name: Zygaena trifolii
Common name: Five-spot Burnet moth
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23. Latin name: Trachea atriplicis
Common name: Orache Moth
Information supplied by: Stewart Sexton 
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