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Insects (assorted) Page 7

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'.

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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 31 May 2022 at 10:15    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

The Saga of the Spindle Ermine Moth seems to be nearing it's end. Under a leaf we find this 100 or so in a clump.

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Image Taken on 31 May 2022 at 10:16    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

A metre away we find dozens more clinging to this vertical thread.
This has been an exceptional year for these moths. The adults are said to be about from June to September, so we hope they provide good feeding for the new crop of birds building up their bodies ready for Winter.
And the moths are rather pretty as well!

Ref: 20220708_d72_20220531_1016_040 ermine moth caterpillars hanging on vertical silk thread(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 30 Jul 2020 at 14:58    Image of day on 08 Sep 2020

A Field Grasshopper landed unexpectedly at our feet, and the camera caught the little creature before he 'hopped' onwards.

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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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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 03 Sep 2021 at 12:19    Image of day on 16 Oct 2021

A couple of handsome flies enjoying the mint flowers and leaves

Ref: 20211016_df3_20210903_1219_006+009 fly (probably eriothrix rufomaculata) on mint flower & leaf (montage)(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

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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.

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.

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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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