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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.


Ref: 20090608_dc1_20090518_1323_037+1331_046 ft1 scorpion fly female in flight with blackthorn (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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 25 Aug 2019 at 09:29    Image of day on 19 Oct 2019

This Sexton Beetle, with bright orange patches, made its first recorded appearance here caught in the overnight moth-trap. We released the Sexton Beetle onto the grass for a photo against something natural. We adore the orange tips to the antennae at the bottom. After a couple of minutes he flew away just fine.


Ref: 20191019_d73_20190825_0929_014 sexton beetle (nicrophorus vespillo) (crop))(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 09:21    Image of day on 19 Oct 2019

Before releasing the Sexton Beetle out of doors (see above) we tried to get him to fly for us. But Beetles are generally reluctant to 'fly to order', and these are the best we got.


Ref: 20191019_da1_20190825_0921_127+0918_123_ft1 sexton beetle (nicrophorus vespillo) in flight & perched on vertical stick (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20181024_df3_20180831_1556_052 shieldbug bishops mitre (aelia acuminata) on drying bedsheet(r+mb id@768).jpg


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


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 15 Aug 2019 at 16:08    Image of day on 07 Oct 2019

This days particular juicy foods attracts an assortment of insects.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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