I had a root through the bug box.
As I suspected it was a veritable treasure chest with hundreds of bugs, spiders and flies. Unfortunately there wasn’t a great deal of variety. I set up a quite complicated light system but the bugs were all moving too fast so I reverted to my tried and tested method which involves getting the insect on a bit of vegetation in my left hand. Supporting the lens on my left arm and then focusing and clicking. In retrospect I ought to have left one Speedlite to illuminate the blue card I was using for a back drop. I’ll do that next time.
Outnumbering all the other creatures by at least a hundred to one were Common Froghopper nymphs Philaenus spumaris.
I found one adult but it hopped I then found it again but it hopped again. I did eventually get one shot of it sitting on the back drop card but it has disappeared somewhere in the van now.
This is a minute bug about a couple of millimetres long but it could run really fast here it is on a bit of dandelion leaf. I thought it was one of the flat bugs but it isn’t and is too small in any case.
I was pleased to see several of these in the box. They are Grass Bugs Leptopterna dolabrata.
The second one is sitting on grass seeds which gives an idea of the size.
This is another Grass Bug but I haven’t identified it yet. It is now resident in the van as it escaped.
This is much quicker than the previous one so hence I only managed this three quarter back view.
I am hopeless at caterpillar identification, this wasn’t very lively at all so I sat it on the back of my hand. Be careful with hairy caterpillars as some of them cause quite severe irritation. This one was fine.
The bit on it’s back is a grass seed. I don’t know how I didn’t notice it. I put it back in the box then couldn’t find it again. The reddish blotch on my hand is not due to the caterpillar but is one of dozens caused by cutting disk sparks yesterday.
Have a good weekend.