This isn’t a very sharp photograph but it has kept me entertained for a couple of days. Fruitlessly entertained as once again TREVOR correctly identified it for me. It’s a Sawfly, Agloastigma fulvipes. I cannot find any confirmation on the internet but I’ll take his word for it as the Library Van in Northamptonshire has books showing every insect…This one may have a book all to itself.
I have looked for it or another one but they are very quick and disappear before I can get them in focus. Yesterday I did find some excellent Slime Mold it was about the size of my hand and in perfect condition. This is just a corner of it as I only had the MP-E 65mm lens with me.
These usually appear in their thousands. This one was all alone and the first I’ve seen this year. A common Pollen Beetle, Meligellies aenus. I have only seen these on yellow flowers before, in fact anything yellow, they aren’t fussy.
The next one is a lone Red Soldier Beetle. These are very common but it’s unusual to find one on it’s own. Common Red Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fulva. What a good poser.
I’ll finish up today with a couple of male Crane Flies, the first one is Tipula lunata.
This one is Tipula oleracea. I hope.
I’ll see what today allows me to find, it’s fine after yesterday’s rain so I should get out again later.