Small-scale nature

While I’m anxiously waiting to see whether the long wet spell has had an impact on the scarlet tiger moths (they started emerging around 11 June last year), there’s been plenty to see at a smaller scale:
Bordered Shieldbugs (Legnotus limbosus) Bordered shieldbug (Legnotus limbosus)
I’ve seen nymphs before but never adults; their preferred food is plants of the Galium family, which includes goosegrass (cleavers) seen here. With the Pied Shieldbug (Tritomegas bicolor) Pied Shieldbug (Tritomegas bicolor) which lives on deadnettle, that makes 8 shieldbug species just in this garden.
Also new to me are the Hairy Spider Weevil (Barypeithes pellucidus) Hairy Spider Weevil (Barypeithes pellucidus)? and the Ivy Deathwatch Beetle (Ochina ptinoides) Ochina ptinoides (Ivy Boring Beetle) Not everything is herbivorous: here are a couple of carnivores:
Green spiderPredator and prey Friends on Flickr tell me this one is probably a Dance Fly eating a leafhopper; just as fascinating as the behaviour of sparrowhawks, but smaller (well, I think so!)


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