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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'.


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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.


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Image Taken on 04 May 2015 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Jun 2015

A Robin with a caterpillar in the beak. We are seeing Robins all round the site collecting insects & grubs.
Youngsters to feed already we think.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2013 at 11:07    Image of day on 19 Oct 2013

Neither of our aging ears can hear the chirp of crickets anymore, but we spotted this female Roesel's Bush Cricket low on the ground looking wonderful in the sunlight. The antennae are at least as long as the body of the insect and would probably have carried on out of this crop if not hidden by foliage.


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2008 at 11:04    Image of day on 22 Oct 2008

In some long grass we came across this cricket, body about 2cm long. One of our e-mail recipients suggests that is a Roesel's Bush-Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii) which seems to be correct and is a new sighting this year for this area.


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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2014 at 15:48    Image of day on 20 Nov 2014

We put the insect in the longer grass, and then struggled to get a good image! One antenna goes up and left, the other is bent down to the right.


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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2014 at 15:49    Image of day on 20 Nov 2014

To our horror it then leapt off towards the pond, and jumped right in. We grabbed a hat to scoop it out, but it was managing perfectly fine on the dense weed, so we left it in peace.


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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2014 at 15:47    Image of day on 20 Nov 2014

We picked up this Cricket on a path before it got trodden on, and photographed it 'in the hand' - for scale this is the base of an adult's thumb. The Antenna rising upwards continues for about another frame height - we didn't want to lose the detail of the insects body by shrinking it.


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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2017 at 17:48    Image of day on 16 Aug 2017

A Rose of Sharon flower with a Bee collecting the pollen.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:52    Image of day on 25 Jul 2010

A pretty medium sized beetle called a Rustic Sailor Beetle.


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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2011 at 10:21    Image of day on 02 Aug 2011

3 in one
Although this is a montage its real - 2 frames taken in a few seconds with different choice of focus combined to get them all sharp.


Ref: 20110802_df1_20110619_1021_243+249 rustic sailor beetle (q) + 7 spot ladybird + bumble bee on same thistle (montage for focus)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:58    Image of day on 25 Jul 2010

Female scorpion fly, which doesn't have the curled up tail of the male. There are a pair of pics in flight in the Archive for 8 June 2009 about 2/3 down.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2009 at 13:23    Image of day on 08 Jun 2009

The female Scorpion fly doesn't have anything that suggests a scorpion. The face ends in a 'beak' pointing down and left here. The body is about 2 cm long.


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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2018 at 17:58    Image of day on 03 Aug 2018

This is called Scorpion Fly - only the male has the curled tail that gives the species it's common name. And no, it isn't a stinger!


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Image Taken on 22 May 2009 at 11:48    Image of day on 08 Jun 2009

But this is the male with a harmless (its said - we are not going to try it out) 'scorpion' tail complete with gap between the 'pincers'


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Image Taken on 21 Mar 2009 at 16:16    Image of day on 15 Apr 2009

Our first ladybird of the year is a BRITISH 7-spot ladybird - not one of those Harlequin things that are beginning to become dominant.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2018 at 15:56    Image of day on 24 Oct 2018

On the rotating clothes-line this little (maybe 1cm long) Shieldbug was perched on a sheet. Our first record of this (apparently) common insect.


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2007 at 10:41    Image of day on 16 Nov 2007

Another delightful bug photographed in September was held back because we were unsure (& wrong!) about identification. Kindly identified for us Sheila B via Judith K.


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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2014 at 10:12    Image of day on 25 Sep 2014

The enormously long antennae tell you that this is a Cricket rather than a Grasshopper. It is a pre-adult form (a Nymph) probably a few moults before adulthood.


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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2018 at 13:18    Image of day on 13 Sep 2018

On a cable lock was this less than 1 cm long Shieldbug identified with the image. It will grow by shedding its carapace to become a handsome, if small, creature.


Ref: 20180913_d72_20180721_1318_005 sloe bug (dolycoris baccarum) early instar larva body length 8mm on gate cable lock(r+mb id@576).jpg


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