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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hopper and Spiders among today's Critters in the garden

Interesting Spider, hiding amongst the pebbledash of our front garden-wall.
no idea which species this is, of course.

Nina, the cat, had been playing with, or at least bothering it behind my back, as I sat taking pics of the
Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare

Flower petal of the Dockweed, suspended among Sea Bindweed.

Ladybird larvae.

Ladybird larvae.
And another one.

I found three larvae in this stage of development. I think that these are different specie than the larvae featured in last week's Macro Monday post, Nettle and Grass, because here I spot a yellow spot in the middle of the back, between the two spots on either side.

There were at least 2 of them in a space of 1.5m x1.5metre. And I did have to get right into the grasses and Bird'sfoot in order to get these shots.
Garden Ant on Common Bird'sfoot Trefoil, Lotus comiculatus, flower.

This Wasp sat very still on a bag of compost. It seemed as if the wings were unable to move.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Macro Monday: Droplets

Common Bird'sfoot Trefoil, Lotus comiculatus

Red Clover, Trifolium pratense

This Grass Emerald, Pseudoterpna pruinata, has been living in the Grass and Sea Bindweed, and I see it daily when I go out through the gate.
Yesterday, it fluttered up from the grass into the wind as soon as I came 'round the corner of the house (10metres away!) and landed on the leaves of the Bindweed again. This morning the same. And this afternoon it flew up into the rain and flew onto the drainage of the gutter. I'd have gone hiding underneath the leaves, but then I'm human and not a Moth. One of these lovely Moths I caught in the kitchen this week, and I wonder how many are living here.

Out in the open and in the rain, was this gorgeous Insect. (getting heavier at this time) It kept crawling about the wet undergrowth. I'd love to know its ID.

Common Bird's Foot Trefoil, Lotus comiculatus

With another resident among its stem.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Critters in the garden, part 2. Nettle

On the Stinging Nettle in the back garden, I came upon this miniature monster. At only 10mm long, it would be very scary looking to many micro Moths, and all those numerous mini Spiders, which often don't even reach the 5mm yet.

I have been wondering what the meaning of the yellow spots can be, but I cannot come up with an answer though.

It was a very intriguing Insect though.

After I had captured the above pictures on the Nettle, I turned around and spotted another one on a plant of the same specie, about 50cm apart.
I would really love to find out more about this specie, so if you can help me with a name, that would be a welcome comment.

The Banded Garden Snail too, had left youngsters about the garden. This one was sitting on a Sea Bindweed amidst the Bramble, Rubus fruticosa, leaves.

Another Bindweed occupant.

And finally, another Nettle, Urtica dioica

Garden Ants are on the wing, and I love how the wings are not only transparent, but how you get only a small window into what is underneath. The black marks divede the wing.

If you can ID any of these species, a comment would be very much appreciated and welcomed. Please use the comment box at the end of this post.

Unknown Critters in the plants, part 1.

I'd just arrived for the hatching of these little larvae:
the eggs looked just like thin brown line along the stem, and I did not see the babes until they started moving. They were absolutely tiny.

"Burr" (the only name I know for this plant, which must be an abbreviation)
I am not very happy that this specie has chosen my garden as its settlement. later I will find those little sticky seeds in Nina's fur
Can anyone give me its proper name?

This Insect was sitting close to the Larvae nursery, on the leaf of the Sea Bindweed, Calystegia soldanella

Was it the 'mother' of all the little pink larvae, perhaps?

Another resident in the Burr plants.
No idea what it is though. Some kind of Spider, and also very very small.
This Spider, too, was busy in the plant. Perhaps they had realised that there was food on the stems, although they might have bee n slighty bigger than the larvae.

I went back later with a small container to take a larvae specmen because I was curious as to what it will turn into. Unfortunately they had all disappeared. Shold have known.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Grass Emeral and Buff Tip Moths.

Grass Emerald, Pseudoterpna pruinata


I'm Looking at you.

Do you know what Moth this is? If so, leave a comment at the bottom of this blog, please.

wingspan about 40mm.

Buff Tip, Xestia xanthographa
I found this Buff Tip on my plant sprayer, in the kitchen window, one morning. I never understand how the top (face) works. Just have a look at this woolly bit.
It crawled into a small medicine tub and so I put it out.

When I returned from collecting the Irish Times in my local village shop, it had moved into a vertical posiition. its texture really looks as if the Moth has been knitted.

Buff Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda

But what is this? or is it a 2nd generation which has not been "formed" perfectly? It also misses the 'feathers on the antennae. (female?)

Jackdaw, Corvus monedula

Magpie, Pica pica.