Beam Parklands

Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH

Tel: 0208 227 2332

Terrestrial Minibeasts

The following are all types of terrestrial invertebrates that you may find at Beam Parklands:-

Common Blue butterfly


By nottsexminer

  • Males and females differ in their colour
  • Upper sides of males are blue/violet whilst females vary with blue brown and orange spots and speckling
  • Caterpillars are green and hairy
  • Caterpillars have a mutualistic relationship with ants, which are attracted to their secretions and are thought to protect the chrysalis
  • Adults drink nectar from plants such as clover

 Green Hairstreak butterfly


By Mike Darlow from UK

  •  First identified at Beam Parklands in 2011
  • The most common of the hairstreaks
  • Form localised colonies
  • Always settle with wings closed, which are green and camouflage well to vegetation
  • Uppersides are brown and only seen in flight
  • Seen April to June

 Peacock Butterfly

By the_girl (Nadia Prigoda) from Toronto, Canada

By the_girl (Nadia Prigoda) from Toronto, Canada

  • Both male and females  have brown/red wings upper sides with eyespots used to scare predators
  • Undersides are black/brown and create excellent camouflage
  • Common in Britain
  • Overwinter as an adult by hibernating and re-emerge in March.
  • Caterpillars are black with white spots and spikes.
  • Metamorphose in July
  • Adults have a high affinity to buddleia

 Common Carpet moth

By Hamon jp

By Hamon jp

  • 27-30mm wingspan
  • Wings are grey/black with white stripes
  • Caterpillar is brown green and feeds on bedstraw
  • Night flying moth can be disturbed from vegetation in the day
  • Seen May-September

 Common Darter Dragonfly

By Ian Kirk from Broadstone, Dorset, UK

By Ian Kirk from Broadstone, Dorset, UK

  • Adult stage is terrestrial, larvae and nymphs are aquatic
  • One of the most common species in Europe
  • Males exhibit red colouration as they mature
  • Females become darker brown with age
  • Seen July – September

 Common Blue Damselfly

common blue damsel

By Vengolis

  • 32-35mm long
  • Like dragonflies only adults are terrestrial
  • Most common damselfly in Britain
  • Bright blue with black spots
  • Rest with their wings folded down their bodies lengthways
  • Seen May-September

 Wasp Spider

By Alastair Rae

By Alastair Rae

  •  Females 11-15mm, males 4-4.5mm
  • Species of orb spider
  • Named for its yellow colouration and black banding
  • Can only become established where grass is not managed
  • Wrap prey in silk and then inject them with enzymes to dissolve the prey making them palatable
  • Feed predominantly on grasshoppers and flying insects
  • No legal protection in the UK but are protected in Belgium

 Four Spot Orb Weaver Spider

Four spot orb weaver

By Loretta Hoy

  • Females 17 mm, males 8-9mm
  • Named due to 4 white distinct spots on their abdomen
  • Main colour differs greatly can be brown, red, green
  • Have a preference for wet, damp regions of unmanaged grassland

Meeting Point

The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.

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Booking events

Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.