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Insects (assorted) Page 17

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.


Ref: 20110802_df1_20110619_1021_243+249 rustic sailor beetle (q) + 7 spot ladybird + bumble bee on same thistle (montage for focus)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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.


Ref: 20220625_df3_20220517_0846_033 scorpion fly female - 1st of 2022(r+mb id@768).jpg


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'


Ref: 20090608_d01_20090522_1148_111+1124_035 ft1 scorpion fly male in flight with blackthorn (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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 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.


Ref: 20210324_d73_20210222_0713_213 shieldbug hawthorn adult on slate covering fb4 2 of 2 (crop)(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 12 May 2022 at 13:53    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

The stretch of hedge showing the density of the clusters


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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


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