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Juan Pablo Mongui Jul 19
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michael luck Jul 20
Any idea what this strange insect is...... found on a bit of timber at work
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Gavin Broad Jul 18
no.199. Marietta picta, surely the most beautiful wasp you will ever see. A tiny aphelinid hyperparasitoid via scale insects.
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José António L. Barão-Nóbrega Jul 19
The peanut-headed lanternfly (Fulgora laternaria) is probably one of the coolest I have ever seen in .
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Gavin Broad 1h
no.203. Mutilla europaea male. More widespread of the two British ‘velvet ants’. In the sunshine yesterday. Didn’t know until now that males squeak when handled, like females. Mutillid squeaks, and other insect noises, can be heard here:
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stuart goodinson Jul 20
Does anyone know what this empty insect casing comes from. Ladybirds?
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Gavin Broad Jul 15
no.196. Arhopalus rusticus, a conifer-feeding longhorn beetle and one of the larger intruders in my light trap. Always check the tarsi but I never get the rarer Arhopalus ferus. Maps and info on recording cerambycids at
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Gavin Broad Jul 21
no.202. Orthetrum cancellatum, Black-tailed Skimmer female. Great day at Oare Marshes, tons of insects and birds. Not featured enough dragonflies this year, so here's one that sat obligingly enough for a photo through the scope. I'll spare you rubbish bird pics.
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Gavin Broad Jul 19
no.200. Stylops nevinsoni, the first strepsipteran of the series. Lovely specimen featuring winged male, Andrena fulva host and female Stylops sticking their butts out of the Andrena abdomen. Amazing antennae on that male.
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Gavin Broad Jul 17
no.198. Pyrops candelaria, a lanternfly, or fulgorid bug. Bizarre sap feeders from south-east Asia. This is in particularly good shape considering it's from the Joseph Banks collection, dating from the 1770s or thereabouts. Nice perk of the job.
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Charley Eiseman Jul 16
A fly is born: this is pumping its ptilinum as it slips out of its puparium, which was formed on the underside of a canadense leaf I collected in Iowa on June 25.
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Gavin Broad Jul 14
no.195. Acentria ephemerella, Water Veneer, one of the strangest little moths. Larvae aquatic, females usually flightless, males often swarm at night and with very little will to live more than a night. 200 of these in the light trap this morning.
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Gavin Broad Jul 16
no.197. It's , so here are two pink elephants! Larvae of Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) look like little snakes. Which you can see on the rather excellent UK Moths site
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Gavin Broad Jul 20
no.201. Mystacides azurea. Not the greatest photos but I loved this caddis in the light trap. Great palps, antennae, wings. I must look at more of these light-trapped caddis. Larvae live in ponds.
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Gavin Broad Jul 13
no.194. A tiny thrips, Aeolothrips ericae. I’m not really geared up for pictures of tiny live things but this was so striking on the peas that I had to try.
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Aliendude Jul 19
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Adarsh shrivastava (ØPTIMUM) Jul 18
If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgement. . . . . Pic clicked by me . . . . Edited by . . . .
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