Predator

You can see where the creators of the movie of the same name may have got their inspiration for the monster. This is the larva of a lacewing, and they are ferocious hunters of aphids. Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.… Read More Predator

What It’s Not

… well it’s not a Red-tailed Bumblebee which it is trying to mimic. It is a hoverfly called the Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris, also known as the Greater Bulb Fly. It knew the rain was on its way and had found a cosy covering under some spindle leaves. Click and click again on the… Read More What It’s Not

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.

Earwig

Earwig Forficula auricularia. I think this may be a young female which I found under the lid of my green recyling bin. I always try to remember to check, especially after doing a spot of gardening, just in case anything gets thrown in amongst the garden trimmings. Click and click again on the images to… Read More Earwig

New Generation

I found a number of these by their egg cases not long having hatched on my crabapple tree at the bottom of the garden. They are ladybird larvae, first instar. They will go through four stages of moulting before pupating to become the brightly coloured adult beetle we all know. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire,… Read More New Generation

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… Read More Spittlebug

Queen

This is a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris which visited the garden. She had obviously been very busy and was dusted in pollen. I think she was tired and needed a rest, and she didn’t like me getting too close and disturbing her as she kept sticking up her middle legs, warding me off I… Read More Queen

Sweat Bee

I was actually photographing the flower when this little Lasioglossum sp. of bee appeared. As you can see it is a very small bee compared to the usual honey bees, and has shiny metallic markings which are quite stunning. They are called sweat bees as they can be attracted to perspiration, but they will only… Read More Sweat Bee

The Box Sucker

No, not a kind of chupacabra, but still quite strange. At this time of year I have always wondered what all these sticky fluffly bits were on my Box Hedge, and now I finally know. When you get closer you can see hidden amongst the fluff these Psyllid nymphs which look a little like greenfly.… Read More The Box Sucker

Dotted Oak Knot-horn

Phycita roborella –  A small micro-moth with an attractive pattern and earthly coloured markings with shades of red, brown, black and grey. The larvae feeds on the leaves of oak, spinning them together to form a silken retreat. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 7th July 2018 Place: Attracted to moth trap,… Read More Dotted Oak Knot-horn

Mother of Pearl

Pleuroptya ruralis – With a wingspan of 2640mm, this is one of Britain’s larger micro moths. It always rests with its wings open, showing off its fine patterns and most beautiful pearlescence when the light catches them the right way. The adult flies June to October, and can be seen in woodland, hedgerows, parks and… Read More Mother of Pearl

Bee Moth

  Aphomia sociella – The females (see below) are usually larger than the males, and the species is sexually dimorphic with the male being paler than the browner female. Although there may be some character variations in this moth, the males have creamy whitish coloured forewings, head and thorax. The forewing has small elongated dark… Read More Bee Moth

Icing on The Moth

Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) – I thought this was quite an interesting view which makes the moth appear like it has been iced all over. You really need to double-click to appreciate it. It was taking a drink from the moistened moss. Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, June 2018. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman.

Beautiful Hook-tip

Laspeyria flexula – This moth has strongly hooked rusty-brown wingtips. It has a greyish-brown forewing ground colour, often with a pinkish-lilac hue. It has distinctive cross-lines, with the lower one following through on the hindwing. Wingspan 23-27mm. The adult flies late June to early August, and it is attracted to light. Found in woodland, parkland… Read More Beautiful Hook-tip

Buff Arches

Habrosyne pyritoides – I always find the defined markings on this moth quite remarkable. It makes you wonder how it evolved to finish up with this particular suit of patterning, colouration and form. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 27th June 2018 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Sycamore Piercer

Pammene aurita – This little moth found me by landing on my t-shirt late yesterday afternoon. The colouring can vary from brownish to orangey-brown, with a distinct pale orange dorsal patch which can be seen quite clearly in the images. It was first discovered in Britain in 1943, and since then it has become widely… Read More Sycamore Piercer

Longhorn Moth

Nemophora degeerella – This moth has a striking metallic bronze ground colour with distinctive markings intersecting the forewing. The males have very long antennae, usually about four times the length of the forewing. I believe the images featured here show a female. The larvae feed on dead leaves, often amongst Bluebells, living within a portable… Read More Longhorn Moth

Sicus ferrugineus

I came across this lovely couple as I was walking through the local fields. They are conopid flies, or thick-headed flies, which frequent hedgerows and flowery meadows where they feed on nectar or pollen. The larvae are parasites which feed on wasps and bees. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little… Read More Sicus ferrugineus

Straw Dot

Rivula sericealis – This is one of those moths that can be easily disturbed during the day. It is only small, and they normally only fly a short distance before settling down again, usually head down and tail up, may be to resemble the face of a small rodent. This one landed on Field Horsetail.… Read More Straw Dot