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Thursday, July 8, 2010

7 spot Lady bird and other IInsects.

I'd welcome any tips on the identities of the Insects featured below.
This beautiful micro, 1.8mm long, hitched a ride with me the other day, and I fell in love as soon as it started to climb onto the control panel of my wheels, from underneath. It must have hopped on at the side of the house, where the Brambles fall over the path, and I started to cut it back again. Then, as I sat taking photos of the Zebra Spider, it appeared suddenly.

a few days earlier, I had seen these two in the back, on the Bindweed at the Stinging Nettle. Urtica dioica.

As was this, beautifully coloured critter.
Isn't it amazing how the green of the leaf and the yellow/green of the creature match?

Is it a larvae of a Beetle perhaps? It reminds me a little of the larvae of this lovely Beetle.

A Seven spot Lady Bird.
It is amazing how fast it moved. also, it was very easy to hide from me, either underneath a leaf of the Nettle or behind the trusses of flowers. Therefore, I failed to get a face to face picture. And I cannot blame these beautiful little ones. if they weren't this quick, there would be a lot less in our gardens.
Hiding among the flowers of the Nettle

Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis.

Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum

some kind of Hawkbit.

Again I appeal to you, who does know the ID of the creatures shown in this post, to leave a comment below, as I am still learning my Insects and other Invertrebates. Any tips on a good book is welcome too.


  1. Hi Yoke,

    They're Frog Hoppers, otherwise known as Cuckoo spit - the insects which cause bubbles on lots of plants during the spring/early summer.

  2. Ah! That explains their Frog-like appearance.

    Always thought the bubbles were made by some sort of bacteria.

    Thank you very much for your help, Liz.

  3. Beautiful pictures, fruos blog, congratulations

  4. Hi Sebi, thank you for visiting Wildlife on Wheels.
    And thanks for your lovely comment also.


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