Archive for July, 2010

Grasshoppers

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags on 30 July 2010 by bramblejungle

The dry weather has filled the air with the sounds of grasshoppers, though they are hard to find and obviously don’t like being photographed. This Field Grasshopper was perfectly camouflaged and wouldn’t emerge from the undergrowth, but gave away its location by chirping vigorously:
Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)
Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)

I spotted a Meadow Grasshopper in the dead grass and took a snap before I tried to move the obstacles:
Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus), m.

Then I tried – and it hopped onto a plant stem and played “hide and seek”, moving round the stem to stay out of sight:
Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus), m.

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July highlights

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , on 26 July 2010 by bramblejungle

Here are just a few things new to me this July:
A bee moth got in the way when I tried to snap a Dark Arches moth: I could never have planned to capture the bee moth in flight
Buy one, get one free

Hawthorn shield bugs hatched and grew
A day later

A Woundwort shield bug turned up
Woundwort shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus)

and the UK’s biggest hoverfly (Volucella zonaria, a recent arrival from continental Europe) put in an appearance
Volucella zonaria

Some wasps are more welcome than others. This potter wasp is a solitary sort that probably lives in a hole in the ground
Potter wasp (Ancistrocerus sp.)

Comma buttefly caterpillars are chomping away at the nettles
Comma (Polygonia c-album) caterpillar

the Oak Bush Crickets have grown into impressive adults
Oak bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), m.

and finally, here’s a Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

It’s dangerous out there…

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 23 July 2010 by bramblejungle

Spiders, and worse, lurking under every leaf. This unsuspecting sawfly landed in the wrong place (and didn’t take off again):
Lunch

These tiny spiders will even tackle bumblebees:
Spider and bee

And if you can avoid the spiders, there are predatory bugs lying in wait:
Bug with prey

I think I’ll stay indoors.

Caught in the act

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 17 July 2010 by bramblejungle

In May, I found holes in the field maple leaves, suggesting that leaf-cutter bees were at work. There’s no doubt now: here’s a leaf-cutter bee on rose leaf
Before

and here’s the leaf afterwards:
After

June highlights

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on 3 July 2010 by bramblejungle

Most of the species I saw this time last year are still in evidence, including nymphs of bush crickets (speckled and oak):
Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)
Oak Bush Cricket ( Meconema thalassinum) nymph
and shield bugs:
Palomena prasina nymph
Hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) nymphs

The usual moths have appeared; here’s one (the Common Footman) I hadn’t seen before:
Common Footman (Eilema lurideola)

In West Hagbourne I spotted a Marbled White butterfly from a distance,
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

and back home a new weevil put in an appearance:
Green weevil (Pachyrhinus lethierrei)

Good news on hedgehogs, too:
Late-night visitor

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