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Insects (assorted) Page 7

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 19 May 2021 at 09:47    Image of day on 16 Jun 2021

There are said to be 300 different species of Crane-fly in the UK, most of them very small and few very large. This one is of intermediate size.

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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 27 Aug 2023 at 13:16    Image of day on 23 Oct 2023

Shieldbugs and Squashbugs are interesting visitors. Here the larger and sharp insect is a Dock Bug just over half-an-inch long we found in a bowl of just picked Blackberries - actually our most productive wild harvest.

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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.

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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 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 15 Apr 2023 at 10:43    Image of day on 26 May 2023

4 hours later, with no knowledge of the photo taken at the hedge bottom 100 metres away, We see that Young Dunnock doing some very wobbly attempts at flight at the top of the hedge along the south end of the access track.

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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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