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Insects (assorted) Page 15

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 15 Jul 2021 at 16:03    Image of day on 25 Aug 2021

A Roesel's Bush Cricket we found on a garden bench Note the very long antennae sported by Crickets - Grasshoppers sport much shorter antennae.

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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 11 Apr 2022 at 10:02    Image of day on 12 May 2022

Next day a trail cam catches this Rook picking up a long piece of Blackthorn twig way out of balance for the bird to fly with.
Elsewhere we watched how a Rook managed unbalanced loads. About 10 times a Rook picked up a long twig away from the balance point, drop it, and immediately pick it up again. About the tenth attempt found a reasonably central point and the Rook flew off with their prize. It would seem that Rooks can't estimate where the centre of balance is, and substitute persistence as a means of getting the job done!

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:52    Image of day on 15 Aug 2019

The unexpected re-appearance of this 'antique' rose complete with a 'Marmalade' Hover-fly. Many modern roses are useless to the wildlife, but this old cultivar obviously has lots of goodies on offer.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:52    Image of day on 15 Aug 2019

Detail from the above ...

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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 24 May 2019 at 10:56    Image of day on 28 Jun 2019

A rather magnificent little Beetle on a folded over Iris leaf.

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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.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2022 at 09:31    Image of day on 11 Jul 2022

A female Scorpion Fly - so no 'scorpion' tail.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2021 at 16:15    Image of day on 02 Oct 2021

This years appearance of Scorpion Flies has started. This is a female - who doesn't have the 'Scorpion like' tail that gives the species it's name.

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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 17 May 2022 at 08:46    Image of day on 25 Jun 2022

The first appearance this year of a 'Scorpion Fly' - this is a female that doesn't have the scorpion-like tail tip that gives the species it's name.

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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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