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Sunday, August 1, 2010

coupling Froghoppers and other invertebrates

If you know, or have an incline to the ID of, any of the unidentified species in this post, could you leave a comment, in the box below, please?

First of all, I have to thank Liz for identifying these tiny critters.
Froghopper or Spittlebug, the last name due to their ability of the nymph to suck sap from the plant, and shelter within this "foam or "spittle".
I'd been inbetween the Nettles, Urtica dioica, and Common Bird'sfoot Trefoil, Lotus comiculatus, and went indoors to get a new battery for the camera. Outside again, I spotted this hitch hiker. It had travelled a fair distance with me. This was the second time that one took a fancy to the control panel of my wheels.

On the 19th of July, I found these two Fro'hoppers, being cosy together and I suspect that their coupling will produce the next generation. Assuming that I am seeing things right? Mind, it seems an odd way they are connected to each other.

A few leaves further, another couple being intimate?
Another hopper.

This Insect in my garden, had a yellow heart-shaped triangle on its back; more or less like the Insect I had seen inside the Wild Angelica, Angelica sylvestrus, The difference being that this Insect is flat and the other one was more long and 'round'.

These 'flies' i like too. Perhaps it is the markings on the thorax?

Zebra Spider, Salticus scenicus
One of 3 Zebra Spiders living here in the garden/house. (in last winter one the warmth of the house seemed to win one over to come indoors. ) They are jumping spiders which stalk their prey before pouncing down on it. They can jump a fair distance too. This way they don't have to spin a web to catch prey.

This mollusc? or whatever it is, I found on one of the Bindweed leaves, Calestegia sepium. It has these impressive grooves, running over its body, diagonally. It was about 50-70mm long.

Bindweed itself.

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