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Insects (assorted) Page 16

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.

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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 22 Feb 2021 at 07:13    Image of day on 24 Mar 2021

This little Shieldbug nearly got flattened as we replaced this protective slate that shields the window of the camera box looking at the tree-stump.

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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.

Ref: 20071116_p34_20070924_1041_762 shieldbug troilus luridus(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20140925_df2_20140720_1012_004 short (q) winged conehead cricket nymph (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 12 May 2022 at 13:53    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

The stretch of hedge showing the density of the clusters

Ref: 20220620_d72_20220512_1353_029 silk meshes in south facing hedge (poss ermine moth caterpillars) 3 of 3(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 12 May 2022 at 13:51    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

One patch of the south side of the south hedge becomes a 'nursery' for hundred of what we think are Ermine Moth caterpillars. The caterpillars 'hide' behind sheet of silk in groups a a few dozen.

Ref: 20220620_d72_20220512_1351_014 silk meshes in south facing hedge (poss ermine moth caterpillars) with 2x insert 1 of 3(r+mb id@768).jpg

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 14 Sep 2022 at 15:54    Image of day on 22 Oct 2022

In a self-set Mullen plant in a pot protected outside a window, this Sloe Bug is wandering around.
Shieldbugs and Squashbugs are fascinating insects with multiple appearances as they develop into adults.

Ref: 20221022_df3_20220914_1554_156 sloe bug (dolycoris baccarum) on mullen leaf (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 17 Aug 2020 at 15:56    Image of day on 28 Sep 2020

In the top of a spiky teasel, this Sloe Bug quietly explores.

Ref: 20200928_d73_20200817_1556_135 sloe bug (dolycoris baccarum) on teasel head 1 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@768).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.

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

Image Taken on 28 May 2022 at 09:05    Image of day on 03 Jul 2022

Continuing the story of the Ermine Moth caterpillars: a walk down a 20 metre long path found our way blocked by about 20 silk threads hanging from a Spindle Tree about 4 metres above. Clinging to the thread were hundreds of caterpillars we have to believe to be Spindle Ermine Moths. Much harder to photograph than to see, here is an attempt to catch the hanging wall of threads.

Ref: 20220703_df3_20220528_0905_131 spindle ermine moth caterpillars (yponomeata cagnagella) cling to metres long 20 silk threads on spindle tree 1 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 28 May 2022 at 09:06    Image of day on 03 Jul 2022

Looking up we see the same nets of silk we saw in the hedge, but this time several metres up in the Spindle tree.

Ref: 20220703_df3_20220528_0906_142 spindle ermine moth caterpillars (yponomeata cagnagella) cling to metres long 20 silk threads on spindle tree 3 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 27 May 2022 at 12:41    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

Here a dozen Spindle Ermine Caterpillars seem to arrived at the 'End of their tether' - quite literally.

Ref: 20220708_df3_20220527_1241_062 spindle ermine moth caterpillars clumped at end of vertical silk thread(r+mb id@768).jpg




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