Yesterday after losing the Shield bug I had the grass to cut. I quite like mowing grass and enjoy fiddling with the ride on mower and it’s grass collection system. There is always a problem with this mower. Yesterday it appeared the choke was not closing or opening properly. I was being gassed as I pootled along. It wasn’t the choke so I had a look at the air filter. It looked pretty filthy but I’ll clean that later.
Before I started I noticed some small mushrooms so before I mowed them took a picture. I also picked one for a spore print.
I am starting to find a few fungi now, how the seasons fly by. I then set off to find the Shieldbug. Not a sign of it. It eats other insects so it could be anywhere.
I did find a couple of Leaf Beetles, I spent ages trying to get them on the same side of the leaf but in the end settled for highlighting a little bit of the second one.
This tiny larva was sitting minding it’s own business. I suspect it is another Clouded-border Moth caterpillar but it seems to have too many little black spots on.
I hope this is a Mirid bug nymph. Orthonotus sp. I can find similar ones but not any with white winglets. Now whilst I was messing with this I looked up at the willow tree and found an image that almost has it all. I spent ages trying to get the little blighters all on a single plane but couldn’t do that and get the composition I wanted. It didn’t help that one of them would not keep still. Guess which.
Hello. Are you a baby one of me? This is a newly hatched Puss Moth larva still covered in the silk the eggs are covered in and I suspect a much older one, maybe second instar. This is my best bug image so far, far from perfect but as good as I could get. Shot at f16 and 3:1 with the Canon MP-E and ring flash. I could have done with getting them back to the van but decided not to disturb them. It really made my day.
I’ll see what I can find later, meanwhile have fun.