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Insects (assorted) Page 11
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
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
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
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
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 27 May 2019
at 10:04 Image of day on 28 Jun 2019
A rather magnificent Red Soldier Beetle gives us a couple of different views.
Ref: 20190628_df5_20190527_1004_009+008 red soldier beetle (prob rhagonycha fulva) (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Jul 2019
at 15:45 Image of day on 04 Sep 2019
A scrum of Red Soldier Beetles all trying to find someone to mate with.
We particularly like the one on the right coming across from a leaf to join in the fray.
Also known as the Hogweed Bonking Beetle, its not hard to see why!
Ref: 20190904_df3_20190715_1545_011 5 red soldier beetles on small thistle flower head(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
Image Taken on 15 May 2006
at 06:14 Image of day on 25 May 2006
The delivery flight for the 06:15 breakfast of green caterpillars
to a nestful of youngsters we know not where - there are lots of good
places to nest.
Ref: 20060525_d35_20060515_0614_051 fb2 robin in flight with beakful of green caterpillars(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Jun 2007
at 12:12 Image of day on 16 Jul 2007
Robins used this patch of hedge to pause with beaks full
of food before diving across the path into a dense growth
on the other side where the nest must be.
Ref: 20070716_d10_20070623_1212_069 robin in hedge with caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 22 Jun 2013
at 17:16 Image of day on 03 Aug 2013
The robins 'owning' the area around this site have photographed
themselves several times with these tiny caterpillars in their
beaks. We don't provide Robin nestboxes - they prefer the
Ref: 20130803_d50_20130622_1716_162_fb1 robin landing with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Jun 2013
at 15:03 Image of day on 11 Aug 2013
Robins are breeding all over the plot - we haven't looked for the nests
but see all the activity we expect.
Any volunteers to be a little green grub - the favourite pick by the parents
to feed to the nestlings.
Ref: 20130811_d5c_20130628_1503_034_fb2 robin on log with caterpillar in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 04 May 2015
at 09:44 Image of day on 27 Jun 2015
The posts supporting about 100 Lombardy Poplars along the farm
road are starting to get used by the wildlife. We caught this
robin stopping off for a moment presumably on his way back to the
nest. Talk about 'overloaded'.
Ref: 20150627_df3_20150504_0944_009 robin on tree stake with 3 different caterpillars held by beak (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Apr 2006
at 06:24 Image of day on 29 Apr 2006
Looks like these robins have a family to feed. A small
caterpillar we guess is destined for a small beak. This
was one of a number of visits.
Ref: 20060429_d3e_20060424_0624_066 fb1 robin with caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg
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