July highlights

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)

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2 Responses to “July highlights”

  1. Wonderful photographs – this blog is always a joy. Thank you.

  2. Breathtaking photographs. They remind me that I must get a macro lens. As far as I’m concerned, you can never get too close!

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