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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).

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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.

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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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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2013 at 15:09    Image of day on 25 Nov 2013

We have been inundated with Craneflies for the last few weeks. We saw this coupled pair land and we grabbed some photos.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2010 at 13:05    Image of day on 14 Nov 2010

Craneflies all over the place, but perhaps not the invasion of some years. Here a pair doing what comes naturally down in the grass.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 12:07    Image of day on 14 Oct 2017

A true sign of approaching Autumn is the appearance of Craneflies. This one is a 'whopper' practically filling the camera frame

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Image Taken on 03 Oct 2011 at 12:29    Image of day on 19 Nov 2011

The previous day we have seen a number of craneflies, so we decided to have a go at some of them in flight. Typically - all we could find was this unusually willing flier but with a leg missing.

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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.

Ref: 20130714_df1_20130602_0947_013 cuckoo bee (psithyrus vestalis (q)) on leaf (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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




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