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Towlersonsafari

mating common blue Damselflis at our local nature reserve

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I am amazed at the depth of my ignorance about insects, but it is fun trying to work out what some of them are. Here is a dark bush cricket- (Pholidoptera griseoaptera) I think, only about 2 cm long  and a Red-and Black froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata)

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And a scorpion fly- but i am not sure which one!

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Towlersonsafari

this is another hoverfly volucella pellucens

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and a male banded demoiselle,(calopteryx virgo) and another pair of mating common blue damselflies, i think

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during A quick walk at lunch in the first test round our local nature reserve we came across what i think is a Ruddy Darter- black legs and reddish eyes distinct waist to the abdomen- and a female Beatiful Demoiselle

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Like @TowlersonsafariI am enjoying the view through a macro lens and the challenge of identifying a myriad of different species. Last week I was able to watch a kill in the insect world as a labyrinth spider caught a small wasp - probably Pimpla rufipes although it could have been Apechthis compunctor as the males are apparently indistiguishable!

 

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Nikon D850, Sigma 150mm macro, f/20, 1/25sec, ISO4500.

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Peter Connan

Great sighting and excellent image!

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Towlersonsafari

lovely spider photo @pomkiwi- it is fun just noticing insects etc, and then as you say trying to work out what they are! i have been using the olympus omd e1 mk 111 ( i wish they would shorten the name) and a second hand 300 f4 pro300 most of the time as I am rubbish at sneaking up on them! here are a couple of hoverfliesthe first i think is Helophilus pendulus and the second Chrysotoxum festivum a very smart wasp mimic

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as for flies- I think this is a member of the greenbottle family

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and a jolly red Tailed bumble bee( Bombus Lapidarius)-a Queen i think as it was enormous and a Field grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)

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on a recent visit to the New forest and Dorset we did come across some "new to us " insects a Heath sand Wasp Ammophila pubescens, on a heath as it happens-a hunter of caterpillars to lay its eggs in

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Either a Dor beetle of a Common Dumble Dor- apparently you have to look at its undersides to tell- we did not think we knew it well enough to take the liberty-so a member of the Geotrupes family that eats dung

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And whilst at RSPB Arne- a beautiful reserve- and apologes for the bad photo- a Raft spider Dolomedes fimbriatus - not the even bigger one found in Norfolk

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Whilst looking for black hairstreak butterflies and generally wandering about we came across quite a few of what I think is a sawfly- a primative member of the hymeoptera family (bees ants wasps) it looks like a wasp bu without the waist and I think this one is the common green tenthredo- Tenthredo mesomela nad it looks like one of them is munching on somethig

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And I also present the Drake Mackerel Mayfly  Ephemera vulgata  (why is it called that?) seen at summer leys

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