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Banded demoiselle
Banded demoiselle perched on the roof of the woodshed. The toddler was delighted.

We get these damselflies as well as dragonflies flitting through our canal-side garden every year, but they don’t often stop and say hello.
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Speckled bush cricket
[Macro image of speckled bush cricket sitting on the backs of my fingers.]

Made smol friend!
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Comma butterfly
[Macro images of a comma butterfly from the side, wings partially open, with its brilliant orange and black colour scheme & scalloped edges in view.]

I was getting a bit worried that the oregano and lavendar were in bloom and I had yet to see many butterflies in our Worcestershire garden. Today, though, I saw three cabbage whites, a very tattered small tortoiseshell, two skippers and two speckled woods. This was a tremendous relief. I also disturbed quite a number of white plume moths whilst clearing out weeds. They all flitted into the hedgerow, which I left untouched, so I'm hopeful they weren't too put out.
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Iridescent green flying insect

My little son found this in the garden today when he was inspecting the strawberry plants. I've no idea what it is Now identified by [personal profile] spiralsheep as a flower beetle, it prompted me to run inside and swap to the macro lens really quickly!
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22-spot ladybird
Found this pretty little mildew-eater whilst giving the garden a spring clean.
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The harlequin ladybirds, Harmonia axyridis, are awakening from their hibernation in my window frames. Yesterday one of them walked across the carpet to my tiny plastic Dalek and bit it repeatedly all over, so I got my camera out. I'm not sure it counts as common nature exactly....

Tiny Dalek suffering an unprovoked attack by an even tinier harlequin ladybird saboteur
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[Click to embiggen]

The oregano, up until the recent spate of wet and windy weather, was smothered in butterflies. I've counted six small tortoiseshells, two gatekeepers, a comma, a peacock and this small skipper on our modestly sized plant at once, along with many bees (bumble and honey), flies and beetles. Sometimes I don't know where to point my lens, I'm so spoiled for choice.
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[Click to embiggen.]

I was pulling out bindweed in the garden when I disturbed this moth. I raced inside to get my camera, hoping it would stay put long enough for me to photograph it, and it did!
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20150126 09 Mistletoe

Stalked mistletoe (Amyema miquellii) on a local eucalypt. This mistletoe is native to Australia and its long, thin leaves mimic many types of eucalypts. The photo was taken back in January, while it was still summer in this hemisphere.

Adult orange parasite wasp )

Ladybird

May. 10th, 2015 08:59 pm
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Yellow ladybird on a partially munched peach-coloured pansy. Discovered by the toddler this morning.

+1 )
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Blackberry bramble, Rubus fruticosa, Herefordshire 09-14

Blackberry bramble, Rubus fruticosa, Herefordshire 09-14

False ladybird, Endomychus coccineus, on pink granite, Herefordshire 09-14

False ladybird, Endomychus coccineus, Herefordshire 09-14

Enjoy!

July bugs

Jul. 15th, 2014 08:26 pm
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yellow coreopsis with bee-mimic hoverfly
This is a hoverfly, I think. The coreopsis was very busy with a variety of small bees, wasps, and bee-like creatures. I'd hoped to catch a green sweat bee (I've seen them here before), but no luck today.

Lots of interesting bug stuff in my garden today )
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gypsy-moth-branch

Seriously big, and stunningly beautiful. I found this astonishing creature while out walking at dusk, and stopped in my tracks. The mosquitoes found me the moment I stopped moving, but I didn't care; I had to get photos. The wing span was fully the length of my hand, so close to 6.5 inches, or around 16 to 17 cm.

gypsy-moth-hand
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[Macro shot of a small tortoiseshell butterfly sitting on a sprig of lavender.]

The lavender in our garden has just started to open and attract beautiful visitors. (Rural Worcestershire, England, UK)
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- May flowers (but no mayflowers) and the lifecycles of lepidoptera and gall wasps: details in rollovers or click through to flickr.

Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja.

01 Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja,  Worcestershire 05-14

Horse chestnut tree flowers, Aesculus hippocastanum, and horse chestnut leaf-miner moth, Cameraria ohridella. :-(

Flowers, moths, and wasps, 9 more small images. )
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Large White butterflies, Pieris brassicae. The first is female, on burdock, and the second is male, on greater knapweed. Note the female's tongue bending down into the flower in the first image, and the male's unusual perching stance and EYES in the second.

Large White, Pieris brassicae, female, on Burdock, Arctium lappa, Worcestershire 08-13

Another butterfly and a ladybird. )
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I capped a male Southern Hawker dragonfly, Aeshna cyanea, who was doing a surprisingly good job of blending into the dying and drying late summer vegetation (when he wasn't pretending to be made of liquorice allsorts like the Kandyman. /Doctor Who). I also capped him crapping, heh, but haven't posted that image. ;-)

Three more images. )

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea, male, 4 Worcestershire 08-13
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The most spectacular caterpillar I've ever seen in the flesh was a Pale Tussock Moth larvae (@ flickr) but I didn't have my camera. I did have my camera for the following four encounters, although three of them were moving fast enough to be difficult to cap. Ironically, it was the moth imago with wings that was still.

1 Caterpillar, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Callimorpha dominula, Worcestershire 04-11

1 Caterpillar, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Callimorpha dominula, Worcestershire 04-11

3 more small images. )

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