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Insects (assorted) Page 13

Image Taken on 31 Aug 2020 at 11:56    Image of day on 15 Oct 2020

An individual Mint Beetle gives us a good view of the carapace's Gorgeous iridescence.

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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.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2020 at 11:55    Image of day on 15 Oct 2020

2 Mint Beetles doing their thing on a mint plant.

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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2020 at 16:24    Image of day on 17 Aug 2020

Mint beetles on err - Mint, working hard at making more Mint Beetles.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2022 at 16:41    Image of day on 28 Jul 2022

Each year a Mullein plant pops up from a crack in a concrete block blocking the unused end of our access track. This year the block-bound plant has been 'invaded' by Mullein Moth Caterpillars who have stripped the plant of leaves and left it to wither.
Will we see the plant again next year? Most probably!

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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'.

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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.

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Image Taken on 24 Aug 2020 at 12:12    Image of day on 11 Oct 2020

To put the above image into some context:-
Approaching the blocked gate we startled away a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer who ran off down the crop edge and through the hedge. We thought we heard one or two 'barks' from the Deer as she went. As we moved through the gate this young Deer stood looking at us. This moment catches a fly landing below her left eye, and her tongue whipping out to flip it away. The fly you see at the top of the tongue is actually in-flight, with the insect's shadow roughly where the fly originally was.

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Image Taken on 24 Aug 2020 at 12:12    Image of day on 11 Oct 2020

This young Reeve's Muntjac Deer is using her enormous tongue to flick away a fly that landed on her face.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2020 at 17:41    Image of day on 28 Jun 2020

Things don't always go according to plan.
A 'Woodcrete' nest box on our tallest tree has become a nest for bees. Next year some birds will probably re-establish possession. This is the second time we have seen a nest-box converted to a tiny Bee-hive.

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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.

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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 much shorter.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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'.

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Image Taken on 01 Jul 2021 at 15:54    Image of day on 24 Aug 2021

The Oxford Ragwort plants have just started flowering. Just right of lower middle you can see the first Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar that we have spotted this year. The top flowerhead is massively deformed. There are several other examples, and some years we see similar on Oxeye daisies. We think it probably an insect converting the flower for breeding purposes, but have been unsuccessful in finding out what species. This plant is poisonous to most creatures, but the Cinnabar Moth absorbs the poison to make itself poisonous, and has the warning colouration to tell the bird not to 'try it for dinner'. We also sometimes see Cinnabar Moths feeding on Groundsel where they don't pick up the poison defence. They don't do as well on this plant, and we haven't seen any on Groundsel so far this year.

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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 happy oblivion!

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