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Insects (assorted) Page 5

Image Taken on 07 Jul 2021 at 14:37    Image of day on 24 Aug 2021

The Ragwort has burst into life at several location, and the Cinnabar Moths have been busy laying the eggs to make a good 'crop' of their caterpillars.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2021 at 15:50    Image of day on 24 Aug 2021

The Cinnabar moth Caterpillars are taking over the Oxford Ragwort!
Wikipedia tell us that:-
    Cinnabar moth from Europe was released as a biological control agent
    against common ragwort in the USA (1991), Australia (2000) and New Zealand (1990)
but apparently with limited success.
Artificial introductions vary from utter failure to complete disasters (like the Australian Cane Toad introduced in 1935 and now a 'plague').

Ref: 20210824_d73_20210708_1550_048 cinnabar moths caterpillars on oxford ragwort(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 12 Apr 2020 at 12:25    Image of day on 02 May 2020

We believe that this is a 'Cinnamon Bug' with a Vivid orange and Black colouration.

Ref: 20200502_df3_20200412_1225_077 cinnamon bug aka black and red squash bug (corizus hyoscyami) (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:27    Image of day on 30 Jun 2009

And here a view of it in flight providing a view from below. It was not a very cooperative flyer & this was the only one worth showing.

Ref: 20090630_d01_20090529_1527_241+1556_267 ft1 cockchafer (may bug) male in flight bottom view with oak leaves (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 16:33    Image of day on 30 Jun 2009

Caught in the Moth trap, but definitely NOT a moth was this Cockchafer, also known as a May Bug (and caught in 29 May!). First a view outdoors before it flew off.

Ref: 20090630_db1_20090529_1633_034 ft1 cockchafer (may bug) male on leaf with antennae folded (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 22 May 2007 at 14:39    Image of day on 05 Jun 2007

Normally we have only occasionally seen Cockchafer beetles whizz by, but this one was playing dead (and wasn't!) in a shed so we took some pictures before putting it somewhere safe. Its BIG - the body is 3cm long.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 14:20    Image of day on 28 Jun 2021

This is a male Cockchafer Beetle in a couple of flights down what we call out 'Flight Tunnel'. If you are interested in how we get these pics there is lots of detail (probably too much!) to be found at Flight Tunnel.

Ref: 20210628_da1_20210601_1420_383+1425_404_ft1 cockchafer beetle aka maybug (melolontha melolontha) in 2 flights (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 06:58    Image of day on 28 Jun 2021

This Cockchafer Beetle was caught in the overnight moth trap, and is here perched on the 'egg boxes' used to fill the trap with insect-friendly perches. The lack of the 'brush' Antennae tells is that this is a female.

Ref: 20210628_p10_20210601_0658_410 cockchafer beetle aka maybug (melolontha melolontha) resting on cardboard(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:39    Image of day on 15 Jul 2014

We found 4 male Cockchafer beetles in the moth trap, but only this one would fly for us. Beetles have 2-wings (the transparent lobe lower left and right) with the other pair of wings evolved into the protective wing case upper left and right.

Ref: 20140715_da1_20140518_1339_190+1346_204_ft1 cockchafer beetle in flight with hawthorn leaves (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:40    Image of day on 15 Jul 2014

We found 4 male Cockchafer beetles in the moth trap, but this is one of those that would not fly for us. We released them all into a bush near the house. According to 'the book' the powdery wing case indicates a recent emergence.

Ref: 20140715_df2_20140518_1340_023 cockchafer beetle male on bush(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 23 May 2012 at 13:44    Image of day on 20 Jun 2012

Here the Cockchafer Beetle is creeping over hawthorn foliage, wings neatly hidden and protected under the cases.

Ref: 20120620_da1_20120523_1344_117_ft1 cockchafer beetle on hawthorn twig (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:42    Image of day on 17 Jul 2019

This large and heavy insect is a Cockchafer Beetle, also widely known as a May Bug. This one is a male (feathered antennae at the top) lifting the wing cases prior to taking off.

Ref: 20190717_p10_20190602_1142_355 cockchafer male (melolontha melolontha) opening wing cases to fly away (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 15 Apr 2008 at 12:45    Image of day on 01 May 2008

This might be a 'common' bee-fly (one of 12 or 15 species according to which book you look in but neither has any detail) but it is new to us.

Ref: 20080501_da1_20080415_1245_021 common (q) bee-fly (bombylius major (q)) on orchard leaf litter(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 04 Apr 2009 at 13:41    Image of day on 25 Apr 2009

Took us a while to identify this as a 'bee-fly' - then discovered we first identified one last year on 15 April 2008, so this sighting is over a week earlier. It is hovering in front of the blackthorn flower - you can see the wings as smudges left and right of the insect. Here is the 15 Apr 2008 Bee-fly on Leaf litter (click to view).

Ref: 20090425_db1_20090404_1341_101 common bee-fly (bombylius major) hovering in front of blackthorn flower (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image of day on 01 Oct 2005

This grasshopper stayed still long enough to photograph it on the edge of a plant container.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 13:38    Image of day on 13 Sep 2009

Bush crickets have enormously long antennae - it really reaches just past the right edge of this picture!

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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2017 at 11:12    Image of day on 24 Aug 2017

Convolvulus flowers brighten up the ground at this time of year.
In about 1992 we had dug out 'Round Pond' but not yet lined or filled it, and it erupted with a carpet of thousands of these flowers right down to the bottom about 2 metres deep. We conclude that the soil must be 'saturated' with long-lived seeds awaiting their chance.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2019 at 08:58    Image of day on 12 Sep 2019

Many of the Convolvulus flowers seem to have been bleached by the sunshine with little trace of pink remaining.

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Image Taken on 10 May 2017 at 12:58    Image of day on 02 Jul 2017

This Cranefly would have been very difficult to spot if we had not seen it land. The real surprise came later at the PC when we saw the bright blue eyes which we show in a 3 times scale insert. You might think it would be easy to ID but we have failed, all our books only showing the most common species and the WWW not actually naming the species.

Ref: 20170702_df3_20170510_1258_195 crane-fly (unident) with bright blue eyes on lodgepole pine (crop with enlarged eyes insert)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image of day on 23 Sep 2005

From after dark until dawn craneflies (also known as 'daddy longlegs' in the UK) were apparently feeding on juices from fruit peelings left on the rock from the evening offerings. There are 2 here - one just to the right on the rock centre casting its shadow, and another to the back and right of that. This is the season for these harmless insects - at times there are clouds of them during the day.

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