Small Black And White

There was a bunch of these tiny critters hanging around on a wall out the front. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

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Blending In

I discovered this Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) on my Water Mint this morning. Feel free to click the image to enlarge and click again to get even closer … September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Beautiful In Red

This true bug is called Rhopalus subrufus, and a new species for me in the garden. It appeared to be attracted to my Water Mint. Looking closer it is quite a hairy species, and one of only four of this genus found in the UK. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Small And Small

Feel free to click the images to enlarge and click again to get even closer … Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) early instar. Rear garden. © Pete Hillman August 2019.

On The Shed wall

2 photos in this post .... feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … This is the very varied Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) clinging nicely to my shed wall. July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Looking At You

Dock Bug Coreus marginatus - also called the Squashbug. Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

On The Crabapple Tree

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Spittlebug

This is a nymph, a young spittlbug which can be found in frothy spittle, also called cuckoo spit, on plants, which the nymphs produce to protect themselves. They are also known as froghoppers, and there are ten species in the UK. Click and click again on the images to get that little bit closer May... Continue Reading →

Ghosts of Insects Passed

Across the surface of the rose leaf can be seen the ghostly remains of the shed skin of an aphid that has passed by. This is all part of the insect's metamorphosis processes. Most aphid nymphs are born live, and they have to go through a series of moultings - also called ecdysis - to... Continue Reading →

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