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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 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.

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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 01 Sep 2019 at 17:33    Image of day on 27 Oct 2019

Found on the drying washing was this Green Shieldbug who stayed put long enough for his portrait.

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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 15 Sep 2019 at 12:33    Image of day on 27 Oct 2019

Two weeks later we see our third Green Shieldbug of this season, here in the hand. Looks like this species is having a 'good year'.

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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2019 at 09:14    Image of day on 23 Sep 2019

The flowering Mint has run riot this year after the warm spell gave it an early start, and is attracting masses of insects. Here a Greenbottle and a Long Hover-fly share adjacent flower spikes.

Ref: 20190923_df3_20190803_0914_004 greenbottle (lucilia caesar) + long hover-fly (sphaerophoria scripta) on mint flowers(r+mb id@768).jpg

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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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2020 at 09:20    Image of day on 18 Oct 2020

Worryingly few Ladybirds of any sort at the moment. This seems to be one of the huge number of variants of Harlequin Ladybirds.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2015 at 13:33    Image of day on 15 Sep 2015

We identify this as a Harlequin ladybird still shedding it's larval skin. There were several such insects grouped in a couple of metres of hedge which next day was alive with yellow and black adult Harlequins.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2009 at 13:05    Image of day on 06 Oct 2009

And now a montage of a couple of separate flights. Never caught this one in focus with it's wings down.
If your are surprised it is a Harlequin (about the same size as a 7-spot) have a look at

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2009 at 13:01    Image of day on 06 Oct 2009

We have had Harlequin Ladybirds for a few years now, but this year have only found a couple against 2 dozen or 7-spots - hopefully a good trend. However, it obliged with flying for us so, this one gets it's place on the site.
First just after taking off from the hawthorn leaf.

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2015 at 10:23    Image of day on 15 Sep 2015

Here is one of the 'finished' Harlequins in all her smooth and glossy glory. The spot pattern is undoubtedly different - Harlequin Ladybird are unbelievably varied for a single species.

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