All about Insects 2019

  • My great niece sent me a photos of a bug, "What is it?". It turned out to be a type of Oil Beetle & I found that there is a survey going on  https://www.buglife.org.uk/activities-for-you/wildlife-surveys/oil-beetle-hunt so come on all you beetle lovers. There is also a useful identification guide on the page.

    These are some old photos just to remind you what they look like.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Can usually spot these at local reserve, will have to tramp around soon as weather warms up a bit!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • I don't recall ever seeing one and at present I'm not seeing much 6-legged stuff at all, despite looking, so I'm not sure I'd be much help at the moment … maybe if it does warm up a touch next week something other than bees and small spiders will venture out!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Not only a bit of sun but a bit of warmth has brought out some of the little beasties and I could get the Macro out. Several butterflies, including Peacocks, Brimstones and my first Orange Tips, but sadly no photos. Quite a few Hoverflies were around like this pollen covered individual.

    And I suspect this is a Caddisfly, but there aren't many that can be ID'd from a photo. The odd background is my trouser-leg! 

    Unfortunately, it no sooner flew off than a Robin, who had been sitting on the table with me, took it in mid air.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Made Robin's day then, likely be back tomorrow to see if you've caught any more for him/her! Lol
    Rescued a Honey Bee from an impromptu swim today, popped it onto a native Cornflower in the sun, it was quite happily flicking off the water! Quite forgot to take any pics!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • I spotted another spider sitting on the water surface and was just about to get a nice, low level shot when it ran towards me. Not to be recommended for any arachnophobes, when you've got a spider filling the view finder in the camera and it suddenly runs straight at you

    I'll forgive it though because it then posed for me with its catch

    That's one reason why I like doing macro … because you just don't see this any other way.

    I was expecting it to be a Raft Spider, which do hunt on water, but it actually looks like one of the Wolf Spiders that you normally find running around in the grass. I didn't know Wolf Spiders were at home on water (although I may have mistaken the ID as spiders are tricky from photos)

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    Nige   Flickr

  • If a spider that size ran straight at me the camera would not be safely in hand!!!!

    Lot to learn

  • Lots of Dark-edged Bee-fly around this weekend. Zippy little blighters so not easy to catch stationary. 

    On Primrose

    On Cowslip

    On ????????? Can't remember the name of this plant

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    Regards,Tony

    My Flickr Photostream 

  • Excellent shots of the Beeflies and I'll even hazard a guess that it is on a Cuckoo flower in the last shot - one of about 3 flowers that I stand a chance of identifying!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Thanks Nigel, I'm sure you are right. I think it's also known as Lady's Smock but I just couldn't recall it.

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    Regards,Tony

    My Flickr Photostream