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Insects (assorted) Page 6

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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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 13:07    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

We accidentally caught this fly along with a dragonfly (likely the male above) and we used the same strobe technique for this pic.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2011 at 11:21    Image of day on 27 Oct 2011

We found this beautiful Shieldbug in the conservatory and parked it on a arm of a garden chair to take it's pic. Its body is about 15mm long

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2018 at 12:29    Image of day on 17 Nov 2018

We have seen this Shieldbug in previous years on the same bit of wooden fence. The yellow splash of colour is Lichen.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2018 at 12:28    Image of day on 17 Nov 2018

When you see a Shieldbug on a flat piece of wood you can forget that they are perfectly nimble creatures.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 11:27    Image of day on 13 Oct 2017

Shield Bugs in general are good, if reluctant, flyers. This Forest Bug, unfortunately starting on the white plastic tip of a soft artists paintbrush, unexpectedly took off. These two images we taken about 200mS apart.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2006 at 16:35    Image of day on 13 Jul 2006

These Ginger coloured beetles always seem to be mating when you find them on just about any white flower. We once found out their proper name but have forgotten and can't find them again. Can anybody tell us?

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:11    Image of day on 14 Jul 2006

Still at it, this time a closeup of a pair on a blackberry flower. Well she is feeding on the blackberry flower and he is hanging on to her.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2013 at 17:58    Image of day on 30 Sep 2013

Is this juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker watching the wasp?
Is the bird planning to try and catch it?
We wish we knew!

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Image Taken on 28 May 2010 at 13:58    Image of day on 01 Jul 2010

Great tits and Bluetits have been feeding youngsters every minute or so during the day. The food supply has been mostly small green caterpillars. The Great Tit nest box is the one on the dead elm featuring just right of centre in the majority of the animated sequence The field through 16 years.

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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2008 at 08:51    Image of day on 13 May 2008

While about to photograph the growing 'candle' on our selected horse-chestnut we noticed this Shieldbug. Now we have the authoritative and nicely presented tome on the subject 'The ... Shieldbugs and Squashbugs of the British Isles' by 'Evans and Edmondson' we are (reasonably) confident of the identification.

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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2017 at 16:57    Image of day on 28 Aug 2017

A Greenbottle on a thistle head.
Apparently Greenbottles (as opposed to Bluebottles) rarely enter houses.

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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2017 at 16:57    Image of day on 28 Aug 2017

Here is a tighter crop of the Greenbottle showing all the tiny hairs and the worn back edge of the wings from brushing them on foliage.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2008 at 11:11    Image of day on 09 Sep 2008

A visitor spotted that our watermint was covered in these iridescent flies - Greenbottles according to our book

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2009 at 16:13    Image of day on 29 Oct 2009

This side view shows it chewing successive arcs out of the leaf.

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2009 at 13:53    Image of day on 29 Oct 2009

This beauty was on the top of a 1.5m high hedge. The moth that will emerge is a rather drab affair in shades of grey that we don't seem ever to have photographed. The 2 bumps and strange angle are quite normal according to 'the book'.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2011 at 11:50    Image of day on 04 Nov 2011

"What - ME?"

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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 09:47    Image of day on 22 Jul 2017

Harlequin Ladybirds are here to stay - we might as well start enjoying them!

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