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Monday, 4 May 2015

For those who don't mind bugs and things

I thought I'd do a separate critter post as not everyone likes them. I find them fascinating I have to say....as long as they don't invade my space.

Unfortunately that is what happened today! I had taken the garden brolly down and laid it at the side of the wall when the wind got up the other day. With feeling rotten we ave not been sitting outside so it has been about five days on the floor. I didn't think much of it, but when I put it up there was a shower of critters! As I say, I don't mind them, but I don't want them in my hair. Rushed in for a camera so missed a few...but still managed some sort of decent photos. I hope the neighbours weren't watching!
I'm sure you can see through those legs!

Beautiful

Come back...I need a photo (some sort of wolf spider? No idea)

Ah...there's another one Lovely legs!
A silverfish and a mini woodlouse

Some sort of grub

And a fine looking beetle

Centipede



And another beetle, maybe a darkling beetle?

Also there have been quite a lot of the house centipedes appearing with the warmer weather, fascinating creatures but so fast moving! And a bit creepy the way they can disappear.

In the garden we are being plagued by aphids of different colours. You don't really notice them that much, but if they get really bad on the roses I go round blasting them with water and if that doesn't work, wiping them off. But I took the camera to some buds, mainly to show that they were ready to open, but when looking at them on the computer found myself in awe at the sheer numbers of aphids and the critters that prey on them. I have had a few chance photos lately when I didn't know something was there. Of course that means they are often out of focus but sometimes you get lucky.
Took this as it's about to open, didn't notice the lacewing on the side scoffing aphids

Fascinating, aphids in all stages of life on one small bud

And some black ones

Which was the case with the swallow. They had been coming down to the duck pond and picking up feathers and mud. But because there is a high chain link fence there this year I can't get photos easily. But I did take one rather boring one of a swallow looking for something, but when looking at it later found there was another coming in to land. Shame about the focus but still, you know what I mean.
Poor photo of the swallow....

But this chap was just on the left
All around there are bees and butterflies of all different shapes and sizes, hoverflies and lacewings, all good things. There are ants by the thousand and I have seen some real whoppers....but many are so elusive once I have camera in hand.
Was trying for a very busy bee and missed completely. But got a hiding cranefly and a couple of  bugs too small to see properly

This be was HUGE and so beautiful

We think a bombus bee

Maybe a soldier beetle?


Ants on a peony

And just a couple of the many mating bugs
No idea!


If anyone can ID any of these creatures please feel free to let me know. I'm useless at that sort of thing

15 comments:

  1. is the last one Daddy Long Legs? Not a huge fan of bugs but not overly terrified of them either.

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    1. Yeas indeed Gill, but smaller than the ones you get in the UK later in the year.

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  2. What a variety of creepy-crawlies. The spider with the see-through legs was most interesting.

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    1. They are amazing aren't they? You must get some interesting ones too though.

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  3. The one with interesting wings under the 'maybe a soldier beetle' is a scorpion fly. Totally harmless but Google the males as their rear end is reminiscent of a scorpion! I can't ID anything else but glad to see a bug post. Those house centipedes - do you have them indoors, and are they huge? I once encountered a ginormous one whilst on holiday in Greece and it was about 4 inches long and terrified me. They said they gave nasty bites. I may be a bug lover but couldn't live with them in my house!!

    Great swallow captures too, I know how hard it is to get a shot as they don't stand still for long. :-) P.S. Read the previous post but being lazy and not commenting on it. It's all a bit slow on my Kindle.

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    1. Thank you Mandy, I knew I could rely on you for at least one! The house centipedes are not too big, I suppose they get to a couple of inches excluding legs. This was a little one. They are harmless and like to eat spiders it seems...though some bugophobes will tell you they are poisonous bitey things which will attack you while you sleep and need to be killed! I have a feeling we saw one in Portugal. I have been guilty of putting very large ones out for the night I have to admit, though they are beggars to catch.

      Seeing as it's you, I will forgive you for being lazy...as if you ever are! Take care of yourself.

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  4. Oh no! I could not cope with any of those bugs! So glad that you don't seem to mind them.

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    1. I don't mind bugs as long as they leave me alone, in fact they are fascinating, did you notice how many generations of aphid there were on the embryo rose bud?

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  5. You're a braver woman than I . Spiders arghhhh ! Mind you they are rather large or sometimes poisonous here in Oz.

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    1. I don't think I would be so blase in Oz, in fact, being married to an animal person I know I wouldn't!

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  6. You are having a bug bonanza. If I see bugs, mainly spiders, in our house I capture them and put them outside.

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    1. So do I if I think they might not avoid me!

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  7. I'm afraid I don't like the spiders but do find the others very interesting, but like you I really don't want them in my space. We also get the hairy centipede thingies in the house, not huge, but worked in France I was routinely munched on by these criters at nights... I thought it was mosquitos that were getting me until I awoke one night to find a good half dozen of them scampering away across the bed covers! I don't tolerate them in the house - but you are right, they do disappear - quite uncanny. We have a good smattering of house lizards that I am happy to welcome in as they eat most of the bugs that are likely to hang around the house. I'm afraid I'm useless at taking pictures of bugs as my hand shakes - especially if its a spider lol!

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    1. Do you know, there are masses of lizards here, and Dave saw a huge one on the lane two days ago. But we have never seen one in the garden despite all the hiding places in the walls, and I do like to watch them. Seen a few snakes though.

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  8. Hi Jane, sorry if this is an old thread but I just happened to stumble across it. I'm a keen amateur entomologist and am always aware of arthropods getting a bad press. The house centipede or Scutigera Coleoptrata is actually an insectivore. If you saw them on your bed covers and you have been getting bites in the night from something the likelihood is that the centipede was actually preying on the insect doing the bitting. Amongst their diet are cockroaches and bed bugs. So although they may look a bit unpleasant they are actually an asset to hove around the house :-)

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