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Another collection of photos I took last year in my garden.

027Snail on a cherry leaf (640x427)

A Grove Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) also known as Dark-lipped Banded Snail. I saw this one on the leaves of a cherry tree sapling.

002Wasp on fennel (640x413)

This is a digger wasp, probably (Ectemnius continuus) or one of several similar species! This insect nests in rotten wood and stocks its burrow with flies.

004Wasps on fennel (640x452)

The Digger Wasp on the right and another unidentified wasp on the left

001Ichneumon wasp on fennel (640x480)

Another image of the large ichneumon wasp that visited the fennel flowers regularly

005The Suspected Parastichtis suspecta (640x480)

This moth came into the house one evening and landed on my notebook. I think it is called The Suspected (Parastichtis suspecta)

007The Suspected (640x480)

Looking at it from another angle

022Flesh fly (640x425)

Flesh Fly (Sarcopharga carnaria)

001Harvestman (640x480)

Harvestman (Leiobunum rotundum)

These creatures are closely related to spiders.  The second pair of legs, which are longer than the others, are used to feel its way about.  Unlike spiders, the harvestman has the head and thorax attached to the abdomen without a dividing waist.  There are about 26 species of harvestmen in Britain and their food ranges from small insects to decaying plant material and even bird droppings. They don’t use webs to trap their food but a few of the species use sticky hairs on their mouthparts to ensnare prey.

004Hawthorn Shield Bug (640x480)

Another insect that came indoors was the Hawthorn Shield Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

This shield bug feeds on the fruits and leaves of the hawthorn and many other trees and shrubs.  It is a ‘stinkbug’ too, because of the stinky fluid it exudes when it is alarmed.

008Hawthorn Shield Bug (640x480)

Here it is again.

009Crane fly (640x480)

A Crane Fly – may be Tipula oleracea the Common Cranefly.  This is a male.

015Ruddy Darter (640x427)

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

018Ruddy Darter (640x413)

Ruddy darter again.

019Dragonfly (640x474)

I believe this may be a female Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

020Shield Bug (640x458)

Hawthorn Shield bug nymph – 5th instar (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

That’s it for now.  I have enough photos for just one more  post.