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Ginks
Apr 13, 2015 1:06 PM CST
I had the good fortune to go on the verandah for a little while a couple of days ago and managed to get a few snaps of the local wildlife. I don't know how often or for how much longer I'll be able to do this, but, hey, let's enjoy it while we can!

First... a 7-Spot Ladybird...
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Next... three Nursery Web Spiders. Two were basking in the sun, the last was deep down in the shade.
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There was a pair of Green Shield Bugs doing what GSBs do best... in the sun... NB: Must look for GSB eggs...
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There were also a lot of snails in the box bush, but I only picked off a couple of them to photograph. The first one, a Brown-banded Snail didn't even wake up properly.
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The second snail, a young and pretty Garden Snail, wanted to say hello...
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Indoors I saw a minute beetle crawling about on the tablecloth. I thought it was black... until I took a photograph of it. I have no idea as to its Latin name.
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I think I took a couple of pictures of moths and things earlier in the year. If I can find them (probably on another thread) I'll post them again here.

Who knows, I may even have another mini-safari...
Or my new gardener may bring me some wee beasties to photograph...
Hey! He did! A spider and a worm... and it was SO funny! I'll be back...
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 13, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
And enjoy it you did Ginks! Thumbs up

It's great to be able to recognise what you have in your garden isn't it?!

I haven't yet seen my Pisaura mirabilis, maybe I've been concentrating more on tidying up.

After an initial flush of moths I haven't seen any for ages!

You're braver than me, I'm not too keen on slimy snails creeping over my hand but snails somehow become less creepy with familiarity. They do have a certain beauty! Hilarious!

Green Shieldbugs I have seen on several occasions mating, so why don't I see other shieldbugs mating? They must be shy.

The tiny beetle could be a sap beetle in the family Nitidulidae.

We are expecting some very warm weather, enjoy!
Ginks
Apr 13, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Thanks, Janet. I must get my sunhat out ready for the heatwave... but I mustn't go out when it's very hot, I'll keel over. You enjoy the heat, don't you?

Thanks for the possible ID for the tiny beetle. It looks a little like a bronze one I often have indoors, but this one's much smaller, as you can see by the weave of the thread.

That box bush close to the verandah is a favourite place for all sorts of things. I suppose it's cool underneath in the shade and warm up top. Do you remembed my bug feeder, the one inspired by Charleen's? That's just behind the box. I'm going to ask my new gardener to move it closer to the path. Since I broke so many ribs I can't reach out far enough to get a decent macro on it now.

I've never seen any other shield bugs mating, either, Janet. I think GSBs are just brazen... do you remember this???
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It is possible that bugs have to have the right shrubs, ie the correct shape and texture leaves for mating, so they can get a good grip. In my garden the GSBs seem to prefer Euonymus, Buxus and Viburnum... and a nice sunny gatepost... Whistling

I think snails are gorgeous, but some of the big slugs make me feel a bit queasy. Shrug!

I've still got a couple of tiny moths fluttering round the flat, the dark one you IDed for me and the pale one I haven't been able to capture yet.

Your garden will soon be the tidiest in Lincs... don't overdo it! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Ginks
Apr 17, 2015 4:14 PM CST
I can't wait to tell you about this... nor can BUG, he's SO excited! He's been prancing all round the living room...

We saw a Box Bug, Gonocerus acuteangulatus, today... on the box bush near the verandah. Hurray!

I saw one for the first time in March, 2012 in the Viburnum tinus at the other end of the front garden, but BUG didn't see it. Here's a picture of him, very disappointed, looking for it in the box bush. Also a photo of the wee beastie, sunbathing... lying down...
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Here are some snaps of the Box Bug we found today...
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Night night from both of us...
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 17, 2015 5:38 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Oh poor BUG, he looks so disappointed. Crying It was lucky you both saw the Box Bug today, you will have to watch BUG if he gets too excited, he might cause himself an injury. Rolling on the floor laughing

Well, how lucky you were to once more see such a rare bug! Nice captures, it looks like it was on the move. I must check my Box plants, it's supposed to be spreading so it might have got this far north.

I saw either a Hawthorn or Birch shieldbug a couple of days ago, I took a couple of shots but it was sunning on a Camellia leaf where I could only get a side view. I was excited at seeing it but sadly I don't have BUG to share the excitement. Sad Hilarious!

I finished editing my folder of photos but have to name them yet, I have a load more on the camera. We only got two days of really good weather in the end, a few different butterflies turned up. I didn't get photos of all of them but saw a Peacock, Comma, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, and a Brimstone.

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Ginks
Apr 20, 2015 11:46 AM CST
I am concerned about BUG, Janet. He has one very weak "knee" joint and I'm wondering how to preserve it. I think he needs a support of some sort, he's becoming very lop-sided. What on earth can I use? Do you have any ideas? It needs to be soft but stretchy... Whistling

BUG really wants one and doesn't mind about the colour. I think he may have been in pain for some time but didn't tell me, daft critter. Rolling my eyes.

The Box Bug seemed to be interested in me and my camera, but after a while it made an obvious move into the depths of the Box shrub. I wonder if it was looking for a mate.

I remember the first one I saw on the Viburnum did the same thing. I hope you do get to see them in your garden, they're very comical, much like GSBs they seem to have strong characters. Certain people would probably shoot me for saying such a thing. What amazed me about my first BB was that it was lying on its side with its back to the sun... to catch as many rays as possible? I watched it for a while before I took any pics, I thought it was dead, but didn't want to pick it up, just-in-case. It definitely wriggled a bit on the Viburnum leaf to get more comfy, so it really meant to rest like that, at which point I felt at liberty to start shooting. That upset it... and it heaved itself up and headed off.

Janet, Dear Heart, was it not you who reminded me many moons ago to look for a bright red tail end to distinguish a Hawthorn SB from a Birch SB?

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/57965230
Hawthorn SB sideview, red "tail."

http://insectoid.info/bugs/birch-shield-bug/
Birch SB sideview, no red "tail."

Those links probably won't come out. I copied them from my sticky notes. Sorry.
BUG says he wishes he could be in two places at the same time. He'd LOVE to be with you in your garden, as would I. Lovey dubby

This morning I watched a male Brimstone butterfly exploring the edges of the empty garden next door (Ricky's), which was nice as I usually only see them shoot through. The only other butterfly I've seen this year is a Large White on two/three occasions.

I hurt myself quite badly on Fri/Sat. I twisted my back bending over trying to get a shot of a hover and I now have an inflamed pelvis, in spite of resting all weekend. Grrrrrrrr... I'm not able to go out. We've had some nice sunshine, but it's been very windy. Cold at night too. Grumbling

The hedgehogs have been feeding on the verandah and leaving "thank you" presents... Hilarious!

The foxes have stolen all the fatballs from the birdfeeders in the back garden and knocked the tripods over, completely wrecking the joint. Last night they dragged the peanut feeder across the grass and ate most of the contents. I hope Kevin feels up to restoring things tomorrow, it's a mess out there. I wonder if there are hungry cubs nearby? I must try to get my carer to throw some food out of the window tonight, but she's a tad slow, which is a shame because she's keen to help.

Cold and hungry. Need to do something about it.
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 20, 2015 2:06 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I can only think of one of those 'Chinese fingers' which used to be around many years ago, where you stick your finger in and can't get it out. That seems to be the best way to hold BUG's joint in place if you can find one the correct size. Hilarious!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-BAMBOO-CHINESE-FINGER-TRAPS-PART...

I came across a Green Shieldbug while edging a bed yesterday, it toppled upside down so I put it somewhere safe. I've noticed they take the hump and march off when they think you're watching them.

It's been reasonably good weather here for the last two days too, although nights are very chilly so we've had to have a fire.

I think someone else mentioned the red tail tip to you on Flickr, my advice would more likely have been the pointed pronotum edges which are more red with a green scutellum for the Hawthorn Shieldbug. It can have a red tipped abdomen but isn't a definite ID character, I have photos of one with both a back and underneath view, it doesn't look particularly red.

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Acanthosomatidae/a...

I managed to get some photos of a male Brimstone when it landed to feast on Lathyrus vernus, they often like purple flowers. It is rare for them to land at this time of year, they flit around looking for a female.

Ouch, I guess squatting down is more difficult than bending, I try to squat as much as I can so I don't twist anything I shouldn't. It keeps the muscles strong too.

It could be that the foxes are taking food to feed cubs, it's nice to know they are still surviving in your neck of the woods. Fat balls are very popular here lately, when we get chilly days which is most of the time birds go through a lot but on warmer days not so fast. I'm due to get more fat balls and wheat free grain, I got a 25kg bag of niger seed not long ago as Goldfinches are here all the time, Greenfinches are regular visitors now too which is great.

I was hot earlier after gardening, now feeling chilly. Rolling my eyes.

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Ginks
Apr 26, 2015 4:32 PM CST
I have a new gardener, Steven, who is very sweet, has some skill, and is very keen on wildlife. He's helping me to restore my garden with wildlife in mind. When he comes to work he brings wee beasties in from the garden for me to play with, or some flowers to photograph.

A little while ago I was in the front garden with him and we were talking about my rosemary bushes which are dying back at an alarming rate. I said I thought the rosemary beetles were to blame. Steven said he'd never seen one, then he gave me a piece of lavender with a beetle on it... a rosemary beetle. We couldn't believe his luck. A week later Steven brought one indoors for me to photograph, then another... My goodness, I soon found out which was male and which was female! It only took a couple of seconds... and he was jumping her bones. *Blush*
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I was very glad to put them outside and watch the critters crawling about on the dandelions Steven brought in... Rolling on the floor laughing

Night night
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 26, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I'm pleased you have an agreeable new gardener Ginks, he sounds very considerate which warms the cockles.

Lovely shots of the rosemary beetles, I haven't seen any either but I haven't had rosemary for long. As colourful as they are, I don't think I want any. I think your numbers will be increasing. Hilarious!

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Ginks
Apr 27, 2015 8:06 AM CST
I'm not sure, but I think the rosemary beetles spread a virus whilst they're chomping away at the leaves. Unfortunately they've developed a taste for lavender and, to a certain extent, sage. No, I don't think you need them in your garden...

I wonder what rosemary beetle eggs look like... must google that.
http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/flora-and-fauna/the-rosemary...
This is a good article, but no pictures of eggs. I think the eggs must be in the folded over tips of the shoots of the plants. I've noticed a lot of these over the last few years, but didn't think to try to find out what they were.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysolina_americana#/media/Fil...
A lovely pic of a larva...

I've got some reasonable shots of a rosemary beetle grub that Steven found on the lavender. I didn't have the heart to squish it after our photo shoot.

Yes, Steven is very considerate. That's a good way of putting it. Thumbs up

I keep falling asleep over the laptop and waking up groggy. Thumbs down

Later, 'Gater.
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Ginks
Apr 28, 2015 9:36 AM CST
I am SO excited... and SO tired...
Smiling Hurray! Big Yellow Grin Blinking Lovey dubby Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up Whistling Hilarious! Angel I think that about covers it...

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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 28, 2015 12:57 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I'm SO pleased you are SO excited. Tiredness comes and goes. Now tell me why. Rolling on the floor laughing
Ginks
Apr 28, 2015 5:47 PM CST
I've had to edit this because I got the sex wrong... again...

This is why I was SO excited...
I was SO depressed today that I went outside when I shouldn't really have gone.
When I got to the gate, having missed shots of half a dozen species, there he was, just waiting for me...
If he hadn't have said, "Hi Ginks!" I'd never have known he was there. His camouflage on the cistus was superb.
Odonata, Zygoptera, Pyrrhosoma nymphula, male.

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Isn't he beautiful?! Lovey dubby
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 28, 2015 6:17 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hurray! Very nice shots! Lovey dubby

I was thinking it was early but I have photos of a teneral one on 23rd April.

It's a male, you might see a female too if you keep looking.

http://www.dorsetdragonflies.org.uk/large-red.php

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Ginks
Apr 29, 2015 11:24 AM CST
A male? Blast!
I've looked at your link to the Dorset site, but can't make head nor tail of it.
I used Wiki as a guide, but I can see in their pics that the immature female has green splodges along her body. However, it says that they have yellow stripes on their thorax, not red. Mine has yellow?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_red_damselfly

I found these pics of young males...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebalcombe/13830922473/
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/gails_pictures/sets/7215762...

This is the site I've enjoyed the most so far, and there's a splendid picture of a young male posted on the 20th April 2015, and a young female on the 21st.
http://hampshiredragonflies.co.uk/wordpress/

Well, I'd better do some editing...
Thanks for putting me right, Janet.
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 29, 2015 11:41 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Nice shots of hovering dragons on the Hampshire site.

The female Large Red has narrow black bands on the abdomen segments and a narrow black line running the length, but some forms have more black. The male only has bands on the end segments 6, 7 & 8.

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Ginks
Apr 29, 2015 4:23 PM CST
Phew! That's a simpler explanation/description by far... THANK YOU!
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Ginks
May 10, 2015 4:11 AM CST
Must play "catch-up" as I am way behind with posting my photos. I keep getting distracted by IDing old photos... and sorting out mistakes... etc.

Anyway, before the Event of the Year, we were talking about Rosemary Beetles and their grubs. Here are a few shots of one that Steven brought indoors to show me.
A squidgy blob...
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Blob wakes up...
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Blob munches and snoozes for a couple of days...
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Blob wants to move to new pastures...
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So I let Blob go... back to a scruffy lavender bush as he seemed to prefer that to rosemary...
Ginks
May 10, 2015 4:36 AM CST
Moving on to a find in May (I know where the pics are) while it's fresh in my mind, here's a lovely big spider I found in the bathroom.

She'd got trapped in a wash bowl and as I forgot to take my camera with me whenever I went to the bathroom, my evening carer brought the spider to me in the living room so that I could photograph her. Two shots were OK and here, for your delight and delectation, is Grandma Moses aka Amaurobius similis, female.
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All my adult life I've called the big spiders that live in the bathroom Grandma Moses. At one point they were so BIG that I put a warning notice on the door, "BEWARE GRANDMA MOSES" in a bid to protect them from stamping feet. Whistling
ImageJRsbugs
May 10, 2015 8:39 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Rosemary Beetle blob looks kind of cute, the one having a snooze looks like it might be about to pupate. Great shots for a blob. Hilarious!

Mrs. Amaurobius similis is a pretty lady! Anyone seeing your sign on the bathroom door might begin to wonder. Rolling on the floor laughing



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