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Here's an opening shot of an Andrena nigroaenea male on Erica x darleyensis 'White Perfection', good signs of the start of spring on 25th March 2010. I have put this pic on the Daily Bug Log, feel free to add your daily bugs there.
Good to see your pics! I'm very fond of bees, you have captured yours well. They often look like they sit there and pose for you, the opposite is usually the case! They are fast!
Interesting Robber Fly, poor insect it's feasting on. They give me the creeps too, I hate to see other insects being stuck and sucked dry but that is nature. I have some gruesome pics of cannabilism in flies, that is one eating another of the same species. I'm reluctant to post those but again it's nature and interesting in a gruesome way. It still makes me squirm though when I see it!
Isn't she lovely? I was so sad when I learned about there habit of the first ones hatched eat the later ones. They are so territorial, and such voracious eaters of anythings they can catch and hold onto. It's a good thing I guess, it does keep the bad bugs down.
I know how you feel when you see them eating each other, we want our bugs to be as cute as they look. Nature has her way of sorting populations, and I guess the first hatched will be the strongest so nature looks after the survival of the fittest so the can go on to eat other bugs!
Nature has a marvellous if not sometimes disturbing food chain.
Your Rip van Winkle is just ahead of mine! I have flowers about to open, they have come up in a hurry after our extremely cold winter.
Even with the cold this winter, and most days from mid December until March were barely above freezing with nights well below, I saw a couple of Ladybirds on a rare sunny day in January. I only saw a few of the 7-spots (our most common native Ladybird/bug) in the autumn, but yesterday I was cleaning up a bed and found them everywhere. They like to hide under leaves, but also under the top leaves of evergreen shrubs. Not long ago I pruned the tips off a Choisya Moonsleeper as they were looking dead, found twelve 7-spots in the cuttings!
I find I observe nature much more now I can see it with taking pics, we do learn so much from our digi cameras!
I have a few Asian ladybirds come into the window spaces over winter, not sure why they do that as they come from a colder climate. Most of them have vacated now, I rarely see them until it's time to come in for winter again.
Here's a black version with two red spots on the outside window frame a couple of days ago..they hang onto uPVC well!