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Insects (assorted) Page 17

Image Taken on 30 May 2022 at 07:08    Image of day on 03 Jul 2022

2 days later only a few of the threads used by the Spindle Ermine Moth Caterpillars remain. Here a camera flash makes them clearer.

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Image Taken on 30 May 2022 at 07:08    Image of day on 03 Jul 2022

This is the clump of Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars in the middle of the above image, but photographed with flash from the other side.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2022 at 08:44    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

The mass showing this year of Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillar has effected every one of our Spindle Trees - we haven't counted, but we planted 25 about thirty years ago and most of them 'took'. Damage varies from perhaps 30% loss of foliage to about 10 of the trees stripped completely bare of leaves.

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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2021 at 10:13    Image of day on 28 Apr 2021

We have been seeing 7-spot Ladybirds intermittently for some weeks now, But on this sunny day they were out in numbers. This one is on some unidentified thorny bush of the trackside hedge.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2020 at 15:14    Image of day on 02 May 2020

Several sightings of these 7-Spot Ladybirds so far this year - more than for the occasional invasive (if now inevitable) Harlequin Ladybird.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:19    Image of day on 22 Apr 2006

First time we have observed a two spot ladybird with 'inverted' colours.

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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2009 at 11:16    Image of day on 05 Nov 2009

A visitor spotted a 7 spot ladybird hiding in the depth of one of these fir cones, and search revealed several out and about.

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Image Taken on 07 Mar 2014 at 16:29    Image of day on 20 Apr 2014

We are seeing quite a lot of 7-spot Ladybirds (and so far very few Harlequins). We rather like this portrayal on the top of a Hazel catkin along with 2 of the tiny red (female) flowers. The ladybird is visible speckled with the air-dispersed pollen.
We have used flash here to make the shaded insect visible.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2018 at 15:32    Image of day on 13 Sep 2018

An unusual sighting for us is this 22 spot Ladybird walking over the sharp spines of the thistle leaf with zero concern. Despite its outlandish appearance this is a wholly British species rather than a Harlequin variant.

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Image of day on 05 Apr 2005

The ladybirds mating on an evergreen on an unexpected warm and sunny day.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:15    Image of day on 21 Apr 2006

These Ladybirds are definitely in the mood for love on the first really warm day.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2014 at 10:01    Image of day on 16 Sep 2014

This Spotted Cranefly is described as a common pest in gardens, but we think it is rather lovely.

Ref: 20140916_df2_20140710_1001_008 spotted cranefly (nephrotoma appendiculata) on concrete with shadow (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Jul 2015 at 12:52    Image of day on 06 Sep 2015

On the stem of an Iris at the main pond was perched this attractive Spotted Cranefly.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2020 at 12:32    Image of day on 18 Jul 2020

A new Beetle for our species list - a Spotted Longhorn Beetle, here perched on an Oxeye Daisy flower.

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2011 at 10:56    Image of day on 02 Jun 2011

Why is the starling flying away from the hole leading to the nest in the loft?
Well he turned up, found his 'wife' already inside, flew off and perched on a nearby pipe, the lady departed and he then went in with this food

Ref: 20110602_db1_20110430_1056_109+112+113 starling male with caterpillar flies to hole & back + female exits + male returns 07-09 of 14 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 12 May 2013 at 08:44    Image of day on 23 Jun 2013

The Starlings in the loft space have been feeding the noisy youngsters from dawn until dusk. The parents sometimes stop on the roof ridge with their current offerings. Here is a photogenic load - a large caterpillar - rather than a bundle of squishy worms .

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Image Taken on 10 May 2010 at 12:51    Image of day on 15 Jun 2010

Other beakful's include various caterpillars and mixes of flies, caterpillars and spiders.

Ref: 20100615_db1_20100510_1251_361 starling taking caterpillar(s) into nest in loft (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:49    Image of day on 02 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
Here the adult in flight has delivered a beakful of insects to the perched juvenile, but a lucky one escaped and can be seen flying away. View the montage as pairs of birds left to right.

Ref: 20141202_df2_20140922_1349_171-173 swallow juvenile on cable being fed by adult in flight with a fly escaping 4-6 of 6 (mirrored montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Aug 2011 at 14:40    Image of day on 30 Sep 2011

2 minutes later, without at the time making any connection, we took this image of such a parasitic fly nearby. These flies feed on nectar, but lay their eggs inside various (it seems mostly moth) caterpillars which the subsequent larvae eat from the inside. Yuck! We can't be sure of a connection, but we will be watching.

Ref: 20110930_db1_20110814_1440_061 tachina fera (q) parasitic fly on knapweed flower (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:16    Image of day on 29 Sep 2010

This wonderful fly came to our attention. It is about 15mm long, looks wonderful, but is parasitic (lays eggs inside other creatures) so not very endearing.

Ref: 20100929_db1_20100820_1216_104 tachina fera parasitic fly on unripe blackberry fruit (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg




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