A Speckled Wood butterfly
I realise that we are now a week into August but better late than never. There were so many different insects about last month that I will have to make more than one post to cover them. I have also included some photos of insects that I saw during June most of which were still about in July. I will list the insects in the order in which I saw them or was able to photograph them. I am not including the dragonfly, damselfly and butterfly photos that I have already posted but I may include different photos of the same type of insect.
The Speckled Wood shown above had a little bit of its wing missing but was quite a bright, new-looking insect. The next photo is of something none of us want in our gardens.
A Red Lily Beetle grub – yeuch!
These nasties chomp their way through lilies and fritillaries and do it very quickly too. They cover themselves in their own excrement.
A male Oedemera nobilis – only the males have the swollen hind-legs. They feed on pollen and this one is eyeing up his next meal
The next two photos are of the same unidentified insect and the photos aren’t that clear either. Ichneumon wasp or sawfly?
Note the extremely long ovipositor!
A Small Wolf Spider carrying its eggs in a silk ball
I realise that spiders aren’t insects but I’m still including this one here nevertheless. Because these spiders do not make webs and live a nomadic life, the female has to carry her eggs around with her. Some wolf spiders even carry their spiderlings about with them too. When the spiderlings are due to hatch, the female spins a large ‘nursery web’ in the vegetation and puts the egg sac there. Wolf spiders run down their prey like their namesakes.
Here are some more little insects that gardeners could do without. This photo also shows how good feverfew is at attracting them.
Blackfly aphids on Feverfew
Unidentified insect (sawfly?) on a buttercup
Tortoiseshell butterfly sipping nectar
A Meadow Brown butterfly on a very windy day
A Ringlet butterfly on another windy day
A Ruddy Darter dragonfly
Rhagonycha fulva I thought at first that this was a Cardinal Beetle but they have different antennae and are much redder.
A Burnet Moth caught in a spider’s web
A Blue-tailed Damselfly
An unidentified fly (robber fly?) on a bindweed flower
A military helicopter It looks like an insect!
Another photo of a Ruddy darter
A Migrant Hawker dragonfly
Peacock butterfly on lobelia
Small or Essex Skipper on Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil
The Small and the Essex Skipper butterflies are very similar. The difference is that the Essex Skipper is greyer underneath and its antennal tip is black underneath. I don’t think I will ever be able to tell the difference.
Spot the dragonfly! I think this is a Brown Hawker
An unidentified white Butterfly. I am having a lot of trouble identifying the white buttterflies
There will be more insects in the next post.