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Insects (assorted) Page 8

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 18 Sep 2022 at 10:57    Image of day on 30 Oct 2022

Another Field Grasshopper less camouflaged than the last one but along the same path. There are now several along the same 20m path on warm days.

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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.

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.

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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.

Ref: 20101108_da1_20100917_1307_046_ft1 flesh-fly in flight strobe @ 80hz (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

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?

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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!

Ref: 20130930_d36_20130808_1758_015_fb4 great spotted woodpecker juvenile watching (q) wasp in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 17 May 2021 at 13:45    Image of day on 16 Jun 2021

On the Meadow Post (aka the Owl Post when they oblige) we have to assume that the Great Tit's beak holds what is (or was) another of the many Crane-flies we are seeing.

Ref: 20210616_d01_20210517_1345_025_fb6 great tit carrying probable cranefly in beak(r+mb id@432).jpg




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