It is a bit wet today. Yesterday was superb with sunshine dawn till dusk. I was hoping for a still windless morning for macro video but before I got set up saw some butterflies so decided to sit and try for some pictures. It wasn’t a very successful attempt they would not settle for more than a second or two.
Small Tortoiseshell. Aglais urticae.
I spent about half an hour watching these and a couple of Large Whites kept me amused but the dogs were not impressed. I decided to wander back into the forest to see what there was to be seen. I struck lucky and found this tiny creature.
Larch Ladybird. Aphidecta obliterata. It is a number of years since I've seen one of these I don’t think they are rare but they are small and inconspicuous. I was just making a sandwich for a belated lunch when I noticed another one, it had flown in through the window and was sitting on my mouse pad.
Having mislaid my bit of cardboard that I move such creatures around with I offered it my pencil to climb onto. It liked it so much that I couldn’t persuade it to climb off. The pencil lead is 0.7mm.
Here it is wandering around on a bit of card. I was thrilled to find it then noticed it has my initial on it’s pronotum. I’m easily pleased but it did make my afternoon.
Does anyone know what this is. I have several blurry images of them and this is another one. I wonder if it is a female Robber Fly?
Have a good weekend.