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Insects (assorted) Page 10

Image Taken on 03 Jul 2009 at 18:15    Image of day on 13 Aug 2009

The skipper butterflies are difficult to differentiate in photos, but we think this is a Large Skipper. But the most interesting item we only spotted when preparing the image - a caterpillar aligned along the edge of a partially eaten leaf.

Ref: 20090813_db1_20090703_1815_137 large skipper butterfly with camouflaged caterpillar eating leaf to the right (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:35    Image of day on 01 Sep 2009

This was found in a patch of teasel. Its about ladybird size but is actually one of many stages of life of a shieldbug with no common name (see description). The dark areas including the row of spots are iridescent.

Ref: 20090901_da1_20090725_1435_586 ft1 late instar nymph of shieldbug troilus luridus (7mm long) head iridescent on teasel (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 08 Sep 2009 at 16:16    Image of day on 20 Oct 2009

A change on land management in a our open area has brought a flood of grasshoppers and crickets. We think we have identified this grasshopper correctly.

Ref: 20091020_db1_20090908_1616_115 lesser marsh (q) grasshopper (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 30 Jul 2011 at 15:13    Image of day on 18 Sep 2011

The same Lesser Marsh Grasshopper moved onto some meadow 'weeds'

Ref: 20110918_db1_20110730_1513_004 lesser marsh grasshopper (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Jul 2010 at 12:28    Image of day on 18 Aug 2010

On a patch of desiccated grass in the back garden, this grasshopper obligingly allowed us a few images before hopping off. We think it is a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper but we are not knowledgeable enough to be sure. Note the stunning and colour match with dead grass (like it is at the bottom of rank grass) even though produced by different materials.

Ref: 20100818_df1_20100711_1228_096 (prob) lesser marsh grasshopper (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 30 Jul 2011 at 15:10    Image of day on 18 Sep 2011

We really enjoy Grasshoppers, although a combination aging ears and a generally noisier environment means that we can rarely hear their stridulation. This as a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper. Its just about invisible unless you see it land.

Ref: 20110918_db1_20110730_1510_002 lesser marsh grasshopper on vertical grass blade (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Jun 2010 at 19:56    Image of day on 12 Aug 2010

We had a photograph of a Whitethroat with caterpillar on 26 May 2010, so this one a month later must be another family.

Ref: 20100812_d45_20100625_1956_037_fb1 lesser whitethroat (q) with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 26 May 2010 at 06:13    Image of day on 03 Jul 2010

Another first for us. After some internal and external debate we conclude that this is a Lesser Whitethroat. This one would appear to have a nest nearby & it is collecting breakfast for some youngsters.

Ref: 20100703_d45_20100526_0613_093_fb1 lesser whitethroat with caterpillar (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 06 May 2011 at 11:24    Image of day on 08 Jun 2011

The Long-tailed tits continue to catch tiny caterpillars and 'show them to us' outside the living room window. This one looks like it has just spotted the camera. We have no idea where the nest is.

Ref: 20110608_df1_20110506_1124_015 long-tailed tit with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 03 May 2011 at 08:19    Image of day on 02 Jun 2011

Ref: 20110602_df1_20110503_0819_082 long-tailed tit with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20100911_df1_20100801_1353_025 long-winged conehead cricket (straight cerci with wings undeveloped) on hop sedge (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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!

Ref: 20100930_db1_20100816_1436_016 long-winged conehead cricket female including whole antennae (montaged with detail insert)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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 07 Jun 2019 at 05:27    Image of day on 23 Jul 2019

What is called a Mint Beetle, living up to it's name, on a Mint leaf.

Ref: 20190723_df5_20190607_0527_030 mint beetle on mint leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Jun 2019 at 10:38    Image of day on 03 Aug 2019

This seems to have been a bumper year for Mint Beetles. The Mint started early in the atypically warm Spring, and these Beetles are making the most of it.

Ref: 20190803_df5_20190618_1038_043 mint beetles mating on mint leaf(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




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