All about Insects 2017

  • In reply to TeeJay:

    What a lovely photo T.J. Our Brimstones are everywhere now & others have seen Comma but I haven't. I'm going for a walk with a friend this afternoon so may see a few flutterbys!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Hazel C said:
    Brilliant Edge, I never thought of looking at the Cucu familly as they all have snouts (except this one). I looked everywhere else LOL.

    It helps to have input from someone who knows what they are talking about! Without having a specimen and the opportunity to key it out from scratch, I can't do more than guess at most beetles - as you may have noticed. ;o) (It won't necessarily stop me having a go though!).

  • In reply to RoyW:

    You're a great help on 99,9% of things Roy & photos without a scale aren't that helpful when looking at Beetles.

    Dozens of Orange tips around today including this female

    Also had Brimstones, Speckled woods etc

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Miner Bee taken yesterday.

    Jim

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  • In reply to James:

    Nice to see the Miner bee Jim, quite a few insects around now, We've had some coming out of the wood brought in for burning, a type of long-horn beetle "Pyrrhidium sanguineum "

    so I put it outside

    & I had a huge shield bug attracted by the moth trap & settled on the wall, a Western conifer seed bug

    Still waiting for the dragonflies though!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Very nice bugs Hazel.

    Jim

    Jim

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  • In reply to James:

    I assume this wasp was having a quick sip of water? First wasp I've seen this year. Plenty of bees though.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • In reply to monkeycheese:

    Nice photo MC. I think generally the wasps come along a bit after the bees. How are all your plants coming along in your new garden?

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    The sun and warm weather are bringing out the butterflies.

    My first Small Tortoiseshell of the year, albeit a rather tatty looking one.

    A nice fresh looking male Orange-tip. I think this is the earliest I've ever seen one.

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    goodness, that does seem early for the Orange Tip, what a beautiful butterfly and good to see the Tortie  too as their numbers seemed to have dropped last season.    I've seen a Red Admiral so far and caught sight of another two on a reserve today but they were silhouetted so I couldn't ID them.  Its a lovely time of year and can't wait for the flutterbys, dragons and damsels along with the return of the warblers and other returners :)

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"