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Insects (assorted) Page 6
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.
Ref: 20150904_p10_20150603_1454_533 drinker moth caterpillar about 4cm long + 2 greenfly (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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!
Ref: 20150524_df3_20150408_1459_498+503+506 drone-fly (eristalis tenax) hovering 1-3 of 3 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018
at 10:10 Image of day on 07 Aug 2018
A drone Fly also feeds from the short lived white privet blossom.
Some of the florets here have already 'turned'.
Ref: 20180807_d72_20180622_1010_170 drone-fly on privet flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20130226_d45_20130120_1448_422_fb1 dunnock with corn grain about to fly off from snowy stone(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150812_d36_20150610_0926_052_fb4 dunnock with cranefly (q) in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20161122_e62_20161006_1556_008_fb5 dunnock with cranefly in beak (orig)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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'.
Ref: 20170820_df3_20170704_1801_152 dunnock youngster with cranefly in beak(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20101110_d35_20100912_0102_138+0113_140_fb4 2 fieldmice (wood mice) & 2 harvestman spiders feeding on tree stump (montage for 2 good views)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Oct 2013
at 19:00 Image of day on 16 Dec 2013
This leaping mouse just makes us laugh ...
Ref: 20131216_d50_20131023_1900_391_fb1 3 fieldmice (wood mice) (one leaping) + cranefly (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20101102_d35_20100909_2022_178_fb4 young fieldmouse (wood mouse) + carrot + harvestman spider with leg shadows(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20071017_d36_20070914_2158_122 fb1 fieldmouse (wood mouse) and cranefly (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20110830_d45_20110718_2336_044_fb1 fieldmouse (wood mouse) inspecting beetle (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20101108_da1_20100917_1307_046_ft1 flesh-fly in flight strobe @ 80hz (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20111027_p10_20110901_1121_329 forest bug (pentatoma rufipes) (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20181117_df3_20180926_1229_056 forest bug (pentatoma rufipes) shieldbug (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20181117_df3_20180926_1228_025 forest bug (pentatoma rufipes) shieldbug crossing right angled wood joint (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20171013_da1_20170828_1127_045-046_ft1 forest bug on tip of brush flying off (impression montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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?
Ref: 20060713_p32_20060708_1635_424 ginger beetles mating on hogweed (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20060714_d60_20060712_1711_757 ginger beetles on blackberry flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
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!
Ref: 20130930_d36_20130808_1758_015_fb4 great spotted woodpecker juvenile watching (q) wasp in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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