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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:00    Image of day on 27 Sep 2006

Middle September has been characterised by walking through clouds of Craneflies, removing them from the house etc. There must be thousands at a time in the hedges.


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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2012 at 20:30    Image of day on 22 Oct 2012

Out on a warm evening with the flash camera found a few dozen insects on our trusty yellow buddleia. This is a cranefly - we have no way being sure which of 290 or so British species it might be - our best guess is Tipula Maxima as being big with similar markings!


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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2017 at 10:23    Image of day on 23 Sep 2017

We never got a 'proper' image of this Cricket, but this 'I can't see you so you cant see me' type image highlights the enormous length of Crickets Antennae which reach to the top of this image crop's frame.
    Crickets have this type of long Antennae.
    Grasshoppers have quite short Antennae.
An old (1954) SF film called 'Them' about radiation mutated giant ants is rather fun, and takes some efforts to get the science terms right even in the otherwise dubious premise. The experts on ants are properly called Mrymecologists, and during a battle with a gigantic ant one first shouts 'Shoot the Antennae' and when one has been damaged comes out with 'Shoot the other Antenna - he is helpless without them'.
Can you think of any other film taking the trouble to get the Latin plural-singulars correct?
The 'correctness' does not apply to the sexual innuendo on the expert's (also an expert) daughter. The film also has a very early uncredited appearance of the sadly missed Leonard Nimoy working with Telex machines (yes we remember them) in a military information centre.



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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2013 at 09:47    Image of day on 14 Jul 2013

Some sort of Cuckoo Bee (one that lays in the nest of other bumble bee nests) was enjoying feeding on a Bluebell (or some sort of hybrid).


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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2013 at 09:47    Image of day on 14 Jul 2013

A Better view of the abdomen to help with the ID for the Cuckoo Bee.


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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2006 at 12:15    Image of day on 06 Oct 2006

A first siting for us. This large beetle, called the Devil's Coach-horse, stormed out from under the log at one of the photo sites.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2017 at 12:18    Image of day on 07 Nov 2017

We found a couple of Squashbugs - this is a Dock Bug Apparently the segmented Antennae of this species are so strong that the insect can use them to right itself if it gets inverted.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2017 at 12:19    Image of day on 07 Nov 2017

Another Dock Bug individual. Squashbugs are really hard to identify because of their variability, and appearing in both adult and various Larval forms.


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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2014 at 09:18    Image of day on 12 Sep 2014

One patch of Great Willow Herb plants gets speckled by dozens of these little jewels in the sunshine. They are tiny - about 5mm long (fifth of an inch) excluding antennae.


Ref: 20140912_df2_20140708_0918_072 dock leaf beetle (gastrophysa viridula) (q) about 5mm long on great willow herb leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 03 Jun 2015 at 14:54    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

At the beginning of June we photographed this large Drinker Moth caterpillar on a not very attractive garden pot - the first we have spotted one for 9 years.


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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2015 at 14:59    Image of day on 24 May 2015

This Drone-fly was hovering over one of our meadow paths. We photographed one at a fast enough shutter speed (1/8000 sec) to almost freeze the wing motion . These are NOT consecutive frames - just 3 reasonable efforts arranged for effect.
Drone flies are Honey Bee mimics (making predators wary of being stung) but Swallows can somehow tell the difference, and gobble them up!


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Image Taken on 20 Jan 2013 at 14:48    Image of day on 26 Feb 2013

A Dunnock's search under the snow is rewarded with a corn grain.


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2015 at 09:26    Image of day on 12 Aug 2015

So its nice to get this confirmation of Brood feeding as this Dunnock stops off at the tree-stump with a loaded beak.


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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2016 at 15:56    Image of day on 22 Nov 2016

A Dunnock catches a Cranefly for an afternoon meal.


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Image Taken on 04 Jul 2017 at 18:01    Image of day on 20 Aug 2017

This young Dunnock has managed to catch a Cranefly that is about to go 'down the hatch'.


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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 01:02    Image of day on 10 Nov 2010

A couple of mice spent quite a while feeding quietly on the top of the tree stump, but never aligned themselves nicely together - so we have 'cheated' with an accurate montage.
The harvestman spiders far exceed the number seen in previous years.


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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2013 at 19:00    Image of day on 16 Dec 2013

This leaping mouse just makes us laugh ...


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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2010 at 20:22    Image of day on 02 Nov 2010

Carrot tends to get nibbled for a day or so before suddenly disappearing. On the side of the tree stump is a harvestman spider that looks like it has FAR too many legs because the legs and their shadows looks very similar.


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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2007 at 21:58    Image of day on 17 Oct 2007

Craneflies are everywhere (including in the house) and this mouse seems to be interested in this one. Whether just curiosity or a potential snack we don't know.


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2011 at 23:36    Image of day on 30 Aug 2011

A Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) inspecting a beetle, which probably became midnight supper.


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