Macro Monday

There are so many dragonflies about at the moment and here’s one I found earlier!

I believe he is a ‘Great Blue Skimmer’ but am happy to be put right if that’s not his name!!

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Here he is posing dramatically in the distance!

Here he is posing dramatically in the distance!

And here he's gone for the arty reflection look!

And here he’s gone for the arty reflection in the water look!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Sunday Surprise!

This wee beastie was found in the rose bushes at the end of my garden….I have never seen one before! I did not know what it was so I googled it under ‘bug with wings and a big beak’!!!

So the Sunday Surprise I present to you is a……

Scorpion Fly!

Scorpion Fly!

This is Cynthia Scorpion Fly and I know she is female because her genitals (ahem…on a Sunday too!) are not like a scorpion’s stinger. The male’s genitals (sorry, I know it’s the second time…..SORRY!) are like a scorpion’s stinger!! Unfortunately Steve Scorpion Fly was out for the day hence no photos of him!!

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Here’s some more information about them…..

  • They feed mostly on dead insects, which they frequently steal from the webs of spiders.
  • Mating usually occurs at night. It can be a dangerous time for the male, if he is not careful the female might decide to kill him!
  • To avoid this he presents her with a gift of a drop of saliva which, it seems, in the world of scorpion flies, is the equivalent of a bunch of roses or a box of chocolates.

Well whaddya know!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Oh What A Coot!

So there I was at Marsworth reservoir, when a story began to unfold…..

Mrs. Coot was out with Calendra, her daughter, teaching her how to duck for tasty river weed…

"That's right Calendra," bipped Mrs. Coot (for that's the noise they make), "Just give it a peck and Bob's your uncle!"

“That’s right Calendra,” bipped Mrs. Coot (for that’s the noise they make), “Just give it a peck and Bob’s your uncle!”

It wasn't long before Calendra felt she could branch out on her own and collect her own river weed!

It wasn’t long before Calendra felt she could branch out on her own and collect her own river weed!

 

Calendra spotted a particularly tasty looking bit and off she went!

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Calendra tipped with elation on surfacing with some yummy river weed!

Calendra bipped with elation on surfacing with some yummy river weed!

She suddenly realised that the river weed was stuck on something…

She pulled and pulled!

She pulled and pulled!

 

It was then that her other reservoir friends noticed that she could be in trouble!

Garamundi Grebe shouted "Don't pull it Calendra….don't pull!"

Garamundi Grebe shouted “Don’t pull it Calendra….don’t pull!”

Cadwina Cormorant flapped and waved and flapped and waved all to no avail!

Cadwina Cormorant flapped and waved and flapped and waved all to no avail!

Rodrigo Red Kite peeeeooood (for that's the noise they make!) "Don't pull it Calendra!"

Rodrigo Red Kite peeeeoooo’d (for that’s the noise they make!) “Don’t pull it Calendra!”

 

Calendra didn’t hear any of them so intent was she on getting that river weed!

She gave the river weed another damned good pull….

She gave the river weed another damned good pull….

….and all of a sudden noticed an unpleasant pulling in her nether regions!!

….and all of a sudden noticed an unpleasant pulling in her nether regions!!

"What the….who the….How the….?" she bipped as she began to realise she was in danger of sinking!!!

“What the….who the….How the….?” she bipped as she began to realise she was in danger of sinking!!!

Which is just what happened!

Oh Dear!

Oh Dear!

 

But without wishing to cut a long story short…..Don’t worry…..Calendra was fine after being rescued by her daddy, Mr. Coot, who decided for safety reasons to accompany Calendra whenever she went river weed fishing!

Ah! The whole family!

Ah! The whole family!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Macro Monday

Last week I photographed the pupa of a ladybird for the first time….I had never seen one before….It was AMAZING!

But first…..

Meet Lincoln Ladybird Larva who's wondering if that's his dad on the top of the nettle!

Meet Lincoln Ladybird Larva who’s wondering if that’s his dad on the top of the nettle!

Lionel Ladybird Larva is enjoying a moment sliding down the nettle! Well if you can't do tin when you're a juvenile ladybird, when can you eh??

Lionel Ladybird Larva is enjoying a moment sliding down the nettle! Well if you can’t do it when you’re a juvenile ladybird, when can you eh??

Leonard Ladybird Larva is wondering if he has taken the wrong path in life what with all the prickles he's encountering!

Leonard Ladybird Larva is wondering if he has taken the wrong path in life what with all the prickles he’s encountering!

And finally….Lucinda Ladybird Larva who is a bit of a free spirit!

And finally….Lucinda Ladybird Larva who is a bit of a free spirit!

Now…look what these little larvae will turn into…..

Yes….that's a ladybird pupa!

Yes….that’s a ladybird pupa!

…and this is L Ladybird Larva looking at his future, or is he turning his back on it??

…and this is Lionel Ladybird Larva looking at his future, or is he turning his back on it??

And, of course, here are the beautiful creatures they turn into…..

Lucinda Ladybird!

Lucinda Ladybird!

Leonard Ladybird!

Leonard Ladybird!

L Ladybird!

Lincoln Ladybird!

Lionel Ladybird is just taking a little longer than his friends to hatch out!

If you want to see a larva turning into a pupa, follow this link to Youtube

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

On a recent trip to Northern Ireland we came across a church in Ballintoy which had an interesting history!

It had a steeple at one time in the late 1800′s but it got blown off in a storm!

It was never replaced and you can see the pointy things that attached it to the church (I’m no architect as you can probably tell!)!

So here’s a photo of it in the early evening light in June this year…..

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If you want to see more interpretations of ‘Relic’, then visit here!

That’s All!

See Ya xx