I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Thursday 22 June 2017


I have a few more insects but before I get to them I'd like to pass on a bit of free software I found.
I like playing with 3D software but if I want to export designs to a machine then Blender is a bit of a pain. Most CNC machines use a version of G-code. This free stuff will convert SVG files to G-code; well enough for profile cutting, routing  and such like. MAKERCAM If you don't have Adobe Illustrator then you can use Inkscape to produce SVG files from JPEG or most other image formats. It seems to be 2D but should work on a lathe. I'll look into it further.
Here are a selection of insects.
This is a better view of the Pine Ladybird larva. It's eating breakfast.
I am not sure about this but I think it is a Mirid Bug nymph. Orthonotus rufifrons. I do know it's very small and pretty.
This is a Sycamore Aphid; Drepanosiphum platanoidis. A big name for a little creature. The two tubes behind it's legs are breathing snorkels and all aphids have them.. I think.
I'm not 100% sure but I am going for a Common Leaf Weevil; Phyllobius pyri. I find weevils comical but I don't own any plants.

A Mirid Bug; Calocoris stysi. I suspect this is a new one as the older ones have two yellow triangles at the end of the wing case. A wonderful little beast but a tad lively.
Have fun.


  1. The 'bugs' are starting to become more numerous and easier to find now Adrian, which means (for me anyway) less time searching the undergrowth and more time trying to ID what I've found!
    I think your red nymph may be a female Orthonotus rufifrons. The sexes are dimorphic, the male looking more like the 'standard' Mirid (plant) bug.
    Good hunting...[;o)

  2. Ooops..forgot to add this link (I may have mentioned it before!) It's a Danish site...but the photos appear to be in English!!!...it might be useful?

  3. Trevor it is Orthonotus rufifrons. I got my pictures and notes in the wrong order and never checked. Amended now. Thanks for the link.

    1. PS. Back to pressure washer repairs. two sticky poppet valves. Bloody German engineering. They look cheap as chips but I bet they aren't.

    2. They seem to be keeping you busy around the farm Adrian, it must be the best maintained farm in Scotland. I hope you're getting your just rewards?...[;o)

    3. Entertainment is reward enough.

  4. I didn't understand the first paragraph. Pas de problem. I've got enough problems understanding what I do never mind what I don't do. Apart from the weevil I'm not sure that I've ever seen any of the other fascinating creatures.

    1. Graham, I just like free stuff, should have voted Labour.
      The insects are creatures I wish to learn much more about but they can be very confusing. A good job it's a short season.

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    1. Marie, thank you. I am starting to see plenty of them now.

  6. Love the bugs, and especially the word "weevil". It seems comical somehow. The technicalities went straight over my head.

    1. Frances, Weevils are endearing little creatures but not when they are decimating ones garden.