Thursday, 21 June 2012

The longest day

it feels as if this post should be simply titled 'Rain' as nothing else is happening (apart from everything growing). There are very few insects so far this year and an absence of beautiful butterflies as there has been no sun. Whilst I love walking in the rain it would seem the insects that I am seeking do not.
These next few photos are from walks in which the rain abated for a short while at least.

a Sawfly- again quite difficult to identify which given there are over 400 British species

Sloe bugs

this tiny bug just seemed to turn and look directly at me at exactly the right moment.I was laughing so much I knocked it off it's perch with my camera strap and missed the shot I was going for next

Scorpion fly

not a may look like a spider but clearly isn't as doesn't have enough legs!

16- Spot Ladybird

there are 42 species of Ladybird- my book does not stretch to this one

I'm fairly certain this is the weevil Phyllobius Pomaceus

for no other reason than I liked the angle of this pic

Gastrophysa Viridula- the mated female of this leaf beetle has a grossly distended abdomen with the elytra perched saddle -like on top of it

the same beetle viewed from above

Sunday, 3 June 2012

A month and more of rain...

After a brief reprieve last week from the incessant rain of recent weeks,it has returned. The upside is hopefully a good fungi season later in the year but for now getting out when the light is good enough to take photos is proving problematic..
A damp walk yesterday resulted in a couple of shots of insects which had been my purpose, but not nearly enough. The photos are in sequence of being taken.

well, I couldn't not include one in my post

insect eggs of some description caught in a droplet of rain. I'm not about to become an expert in insect eggs

the rather beautiful caterpillar of the Yellow-Tail moth

Yellow Dung-fly , feeds on other dung frequenting insects
 (I make no aploogies for my photographic interest in all insects -including flies with horrible eating habits such as this one)