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Insects (assorted) Page 15

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 23 Nov 2023 at 07:27    Image of day on 02 Jan 2024

As the light show continued a pair of Mute swans winged quietly across the sky.

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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.

Ref: 20200628_d73_20200527_1741_120 nest box on ivans poplar inhabited by bees (crop 3 with insert)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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'.

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 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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Image Taken on 17 May 2022 at 10:46    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

5 Days later there is not a caterpillar to be seen.
The previously occupied areas are completely stripped of leaves.

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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 18 May 2022 at 12:37    Image of day on 30 Jun 2022

A Peacock Butterfly feeding on a Buttercup almost entirely hidden by the insect. On the adjacent Buttercup we see two female Thick-legged Flower Beetles. The females don't have the characteristic legs bulges that give the species their name.

Ref: 20220630_d72_20220518_1237_072+073 peacock butterfly on buttercup + 2 thick-legged flower beetle (oedemera nobilis) females on buttercup (accurate montage for focus)(r+mb id@768).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 right.
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 name.
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 14 Jul 2021 at 10:16    Image of day on 24 Aug 2021

A week later the Cinnabar Caterpillars have just about stripped this and most other Ragwort plants in our patch, but the plants recover every year.

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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.

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