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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2010 at 13:53    Image of day on 11 Sep 2010

These Long-winged Conehead Cricket are quite hard to spot on the Hop Sedge. The antenna on the left is about 20% out of crop, whilst the apparently short vertical one is full length but foreshortened by pointing at the camera. Don't be conned by the short wings - this is an immature insect and the wings are not yet fully developed - the telling detail is at the tail end.


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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 14:36    Image of day on 30 Sep 2010

Cricket & Grasshopper are broadly differentiated by the former having very long antennae. This is a Long-winged Conehead Cricket female.
The book description "antennae longer than the body" does not even begin to express the staggering length!


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 09:58    Image of day on 05 Aug 2018

A Marmalade Hover-fly stops off for a feed at this Oxeye Daisy flower.


Ref: 20180805_d72_20180622_0958_023 marmalade hover-fly on oxeye daisy(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 14:36    Image of day on 30 Sep 2010

Grasshoppers are very hard to ID accurately - they are amazingly varied at various stages of their lives & their calls can also be important.


Ref: 20100930_db1_20100816_1436_010 meadow (or poss lesser marsh) grasshopper (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:28    Image of day on 04 Nov 2015

What seems to be a mint Leaf Beetle on a, err, Mint leaf.
It is about the size of a typical Ladybird.


Ref: 20151104_df3_20150906_1528_644 mint leaf beetle (chrysolina herbacea) on mint leaf(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Jun 2017 at 16:07    Image of day on 01 Aug 2017

In a Pot by the back door a self set Great Mullein plant has attracted the attention of at least 5 of these Mullein Moth caterpillars (seems appropriate). The Adult moth looks like a 'piece of twig' we have probably seen but have never photographed. The Caterpillar has this warning colouration - 'Eat me at your Peril'
The caterpillar is facing right - the 3 legs each side at the right are the 3 standard 3 legs per side of insects - the rest are called 'Prolegs'.


Ref: 20170801_df3_20170608_1607_001 mullein moth caterpillar about 4cm long on great mullein plant (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Jun 2017 at 16:09    Image of day on 01 Aug 2017

A view of a Mullein Moth caterpillar showing less detail of the legs but highlighting the damage to the Great Mullein plant leaves.


Ref: 20170801_df3_20170608_1609_016 mullein moth caterpillar about 4cm long on great mullein plant(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 25 May 2011 at 14:06    Image of day on 25 Jun 2011

When it is warm we have loads of these appear from 'nowhere'. They are called the 'Noon Fly' possibly because they only appear when it is warm. They are wonderfully intricate and the yellow patches on the wings is quite startling. None of our ID books do it justice, and perhaps neither does this.


Ref: 20110625_db1_20110525_1406_010 noon fly (mesembrina meridiana) (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 18 Sep 2011 at 13:31    Image of day on 09 Nov 2011

We have an old apple tree (we call it the 'red' apple tree - the apples are red even when unripe and the apple flesh is pink as well) that is next to a pair of old but bushy oak trees. While collecting apples to store this Oak Bush Cricket suddenly leapt out of the trug onto the grass. We guess it either switched tree without realising (they grow into each other somewhat) or we knocked it down shaking branches to get the apples to drop. Crickets have these enormously long antennae - grasshoppers are much shorter.


Ref: 20111109_p10_20110918_1331_446 oak bush cricket female (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Mar 2011 at 16:08    Image of day on 05 Apr 2011

The 7 spot ladybirds seem, for the moment at least, to be holding their own on our patch against the Harlequin invaders. Here are two separate groups a few metres apart making the most of dried and broken annual weed stems.


Ref: 20110405_p34_20110308_1608_947 5 off 7-spot ladybirds at joint of broken stem (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 12:41    Image of day on 16 Aug 2016

The Oxeye daisies are doing well this year, and are suddenly scattered with Flea Beetles. Last year we assumed that this sudden influx was of Corn Flea Beetles (with a (q) after the Corn to indicate a query - you can't put '?' symbols in filenames) because the surrounding crop was wheat, but these look the same and we are surrounded by Oil-seed rape. So from now on - just Flea Beetle will have to do!


Ref: 20160816_df3_20160703_1241_030 oxeye daisy with flea beetles (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Jun 2016 at 10:49    Image of day on 07 Aug 2016

How can we have been enjoying Oxeye daisies for 30 years and never realised that the centre flowers in rings that insects can feed on as they provide pollination.


Ref: 20160807_df3_20160624_1049_030 oxeye daisy with ring of opening flowers with feeding unidentified fly (q) (crop 1)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Jun 2016 at 10:49    Image of day on 07 Aug 2016

Here you can see the outer pollinated flowers, a ring of more intense yellow 'open' flowers, and the centre 'flowers to come'.


Ref: 20160807_df3_20160624_1049_030 oxeye daisy with ring of opening flowers with feeding unidentified fly (q) (crop 2)(r+mb id@432).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Jul 2009 at 10:37    Image of day on 23 Aug 2009

After a years absence we are seeing the migrant painted lady butterfly this year. Most are rather tatty and faded but this individual was still in good condition. The Soldier Beetles on the thistle spent all 45 minutes of the photo-shoot mating in happy oblivion!


Ref: 20090823_da1_20090714_1037_075+1101_217 ft1 painted lady butterfly in flight with small thistle & soldier beetles (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Jul 2018 at 11:20    Image of day on 04 Sep 2018

Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance in the same frame.


Ref: 20180904_df3_20180714_1120_067 peacock butterfly feeding on thistle flower as hover-fly is about to land and solder beetle to right(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:04    Image of day on 02 Sep 2009

The extremely dark underwing and dazzling top wing of this Peacock Butterfly make an incredible contrast.


Ref: 20090902_da1_20090725_1404_507+1318_278 ft1 peacock butterfly in flight with thistle flower covered in tiny black beetles (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 10 Oct 2016 at 11:11    Image of day on 25 Nov 2016

The Pied Wagtails are back on our roof, hunting the insects warmed under the slates and emerging for the waiting Wagtails to try to catch. This fly looks like 'the one that got away'. Each bird and fly are accurately positioned relative to the roof and each other, but spread out along the right.
The left hand fly was over the edge of the first frame so we have 'photoshopped' in a whole fly at the correct place, along with the sky above.


Ref: 20161125_df3_20161010_1111_454-454 pied wagtail on roof ridge hunting fly in flight 1-3 of 3 (left to right montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 11 Jun 2017 at 07:28    Image of day on 04 Aug 2017

An early flowering Poppy we found in a sheltered patch near the Farm road entrance. The Insect is a Marmalade Hover-fly.


Ref: 20170804_df3_20170611_0728_043 poppy flower + marmalade hover-fly by fence at farm entrance (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Aug 2011 at 12:23    Image of day on 07 Oct 2011

These two mating flies arrived on the sloping stick to attract dragonflies. ID was difficult even with help, and are absent from all but one of our books. Wikipedia & some other web sites came to the rescue - the general consensus is the primitive Crane-fly Ptychoptera contaminata which has no common name.
If you can provide a positive ID please let us know.


Ref: 20111007_df1_20110824_1223_061 ptychoptera contaminata (probably) flies mating on stick (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 11 Jun 2016 at 12:53    Image of day on 25 Jul 2016

The Red-headed Cardinal Beetle is a quite startling insect even though only about 1.5cm long. It wasn't keen on the photographer's approach and was opening the wing cases to release the wings even as this frame was taken. The never-to-be-answered question is 'where did it go?'.


Ref: 20160725_df3_20160611_1253_258 red-headed cardinal beetle (pyrochroa serraticornis)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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