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Insects (assorted) Page 9

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 04 May 2023 at 13:20    Image of day on 02 Jul 2023

The Green Shieldbugs are doing well this year. Here is one on a damaged leaf showing some lovely colours at the damage.
What this inherited spiky leafed shrub is called we have never tried to find out!

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Image Taken on 03 May 2023 at 16:34    Image of day on 13 Jun 2023

Another Green Shieldbug in a more friendly setting.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2022 at 13:44    Image of day on 30 Oct 2022

A Green Shieldbug (species common name) is walking along the edge of our potted Mullein plant.

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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 10 Oct 2022 at 12:32    Image of day on 17 Nov 2022

A Green Shieldbug on the side of one of our storage bunkers.

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Image Taken on 11 Oct 2022 at 11:56    Image of day on 17 Nov 2022

Next day we find one on the glass of the conservatory. You can see here that the brown patch at the rear is actually the tips of the mostly covered wings.

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Image Taken on 29 Apr 2023 at 16:13    Image of day on 13 Jun 2023

What has become a regular Spring visitor - this Green Shieldbug, here using the conservatory's security gate instead of a branch.

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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.

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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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