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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2011 at 16:17    Image of day on 31 Aug 2011

Concentrating on the intended subject it is easy to overlook what else is going on. The photo being taken was of the Small Copper Butterfly but we only later noticed also the grasshopper (below the butterfly's Proboscis) and 5 Red Soldier Beetles, 1 under the butterfly on the right, and 4 more in the next flower along, one pair mating as usual.


Ref: 20110831_df1_20110717_1617_111 small copper butterfly on thistle + grasshopper + 5 common red soldier beetles (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 18 Jul 2013 at 18:04    Image of day on 04 Sep 2013

Sharing a thistle flower for a moment, this pair of mating Soldier Beetles are joined for a few seconds by a Small Skipper Butterfly collecting supper.


Ref: 20130904_df1_20130718_1804_042 small skipper butterfly & mating pair of soldier beetles on thistle flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 08 Jul 2014 at 16:10    Image of day on 13 Sep 2014

This year we have a good number of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies. Here one is feeding on a thistle flower, surrounded by 3 Red Soldier Beetles. While checking our IDs, we found the Beetles described as the 'Hogweed Bonking Beetle' - a name very appropriate to how we often see them!


Ref: 20140913_df2_20140708_1610_129 small tortoiseshell butterfly + 3 red soldier beetles on thistle heads (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 05 Oct 2013 at 10:47    Image of day on 04 Dec 2013

This spider has this Cranefly caught in its 'invisible' web at the edge of a pond. We never really could get a good angle but this should give you an idea. The Cranefly has the long body and the much smaller spider is attacking the cranefly's head end.


Ref: 20131204_a77_20131005_1047_039 spider attacking cranefly caught in its (invisible) web (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:19    Image of day on 22 Apr 2006

First time we have observed a two spot ladybird with 'inverted' colours.


Ref: 20060422_d10_20060414_1419_244 2 spot ladybird (orange spots on black wing case) (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 29 Sep 2009 at 11:16    Image of day on 05 Nov 2009

A visitor spotted a 7 spot ladybird hiding in the depth of one of these fir cones, and search revealed several out and about.


Ref: 20091105_p34_20090929_1116_360 7 spot ladybird on fir cone(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 07 Mar 2014 at 16:29    Image of day on 20 Apr 2014

We are seeing quite a lot of 7-spot Ladybirds (and so far very few Harlequins). We rather like this portrayal on the top of a Hazel catkin along with 2 of the tiny red (female) flowers. The ladybird is visible speckled with the air-dispersed pollen.
We have used flash here to make the shaded insect visible.


Ref: 20140420_p10_20140307_1629_577 7 spot ladybird on hazel catkin & 2 female flowers (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Jul 2018 at 15:32    Image of day on 13 Sep 2018

An unusual sighting for us is this 22 spot Ladybird walking over the sharp spines of the thistle leaf with zero concern. Despite its outlandish appearance this is a wholly British species rather than a Harlequin variant.


Ref: 20180913_d72_20180724_1532_013 22 spot ladybird on thistle leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image of day on 05 Apr 2005

The ladybirds mating on an evergreen on an unexpected warm and sunny day.


Ref: 20050405_d12_02438 7 spot ladybird pair mating 2005mar26_12-38-48(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:15    Image of day on 21 Apr 2006

These Ladybirds are definitely in the mood for love on the first really warm day.


Ref: 20060421_d10_20060414_1415_239 7 spot ladybirds mating on pine cone (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 10 Jul 2014 at 10:01    Image of day on 16 Sep 2014

This Spotted Cranefly is described as a common pest in gardens, but we think it is rather lovely.


Ref: 20140916_df2_20140710_1001_008 spotted cranefly (nephrotoma appendiculata) on concrete with shadow (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 03 Jul 2015 at 12:52    Image of day on 06 Sep 2015

On the stem of an Iris at the main pond was perched this attractive Spotted Cranefly.


Ref: 20150906_df3_20150703_1252_212 spotted cranefly on iris leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 30 Apr 2011 at 10:56    Image of day on 02 Jun 2011

Why is the starling flying away from the hole leading to the nest in the loft?
Well he turned up, found his 'wife' already inside, flew off and perched on a nearby pipe, the lady departed and he then went in with this food


Ref: 20110602_db1_20110430_1056_109+112+113 starling male with caterpillar flies to hole & back + female exits + male returns 07-09 of 14 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 12 May 2013 at 08:44    Image of day on 23 Jun 2013

The Starlings in the loft space have been feeding the noisy youngsters from dawn until dusk. The parents sometimes stop on the roof ridge with their current offerings. Here is a photogenic load - a large caterpillar - rather than a bundle of squishy worms .


Ref: 20130623_df1_20130512_0844_065 starling on roof holding large caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 10 May 2010 at 12:51    Image of day on 15 Jun 2010

Other beakful's include various caterpillars and mixes of flies, caterpillars and spiders.


Ref: 20100615_db1_20100510_1251_361 starling taking caterpillar(s) into nest in loft (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:49    Image of day on 02 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
Here the adult in flight has delivered a beakful of insects to the perched juvenile, but a lucky one escaped and can be seen flying away. View the montage as pairs of birds left to right.


Ref: 20141202_df2_20140922_1349_171-173 swallow juvenile on cable being fed by adult in flight with a fly escaping 4-6 of 6 (mirrored montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Aug 2011 at 14:40    Image of day on 30 Sep 2011

2 minutes later, without at the time making any connection, we took this image of such a parasitic fly nearby. These flies feed on nectar, but lay their eggs inside various (it seems mostly moth) caterpillars which the subsequent larvae eat from the inside. Yuck! We can't be sure of a connection, but we will be watching.


Ref: 20110930_db1_20110814_1440_061 tachina fera (q) parasitic fly on knapweed flower (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:16    Image of day on 29 Sep 2010

This wonderful fly came to our attention. It is about 15mm long, looks wonderful, but is parasitic (lays eggs inside other creatures) so not very endearing.


Ref: 20100929_db1_20100820_1216_104 tachina fera parasitic fly on unripe blackberry fruit (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 31 May 2011 at 12:30    Image of day on 01 Jul 2011

While we were watching the butterfly, this Thick-legged Flower Beetle got in on the act. According to some books this is the male, the females not sporting the leg bulges, but the descriptions get muddled into another species & we are not sure.


Ref: 20110701_df1_20110531_1230_094 thick-legged flower beetle (oedemera nobilis) male in buttercup flower(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 02 Jul 2016 at 13:32    Image of day on 16 Aug 2016

A collection of insect life on a Cow Parsley flower head.
The bulbous green legs of the Thick-Legged Flower Beetle only appear on the male.
It is almost unusual to see a single Red Soldier Beetle - they are usually seen as a riot of mating pairs!


Ref: 20160816_df3_20160702_1332_034 thick-legged flower beetle male + red soldier beetle + ants (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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