Wordless Wednesday

Green insects abound……

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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!

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“Would You Step into my Parlour?” said Spider to Butterfly…..A Tragic Tale!

I love spiders and I love butterflies…but just look at what happened outside my back door!

What sly and beckoning words must that spider have uttered to entice this poor butterfly in?

What sly and beckoning words must that spider have uttered to entice this poor butterfly in?

 

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Do you like the leafy background? That's me hiding it there for dramatic effect!

Do you like the leafy background? That’s me hiding it there for dramatic effect!

 

"Yum yum suck suck slurp slurp!" was all the spider said to me!

“Yum yum suck suck slurp slurp!” was all the spider said to me!

Of course the original poem was about a spider and a fly and written by Mary Howitt in the 19th Century.

Here’s a link if you wanted to read it….

http://holyjoe.org/poetry/howitt.htm

That’s All!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 4

At the end of yesterday’s post I showed part of an insect to be identified…..so here’s the whole photo of Güktürk Grasshopper (pronounced Gerkterk) found at Tlos in Turkey on my recent holiday….

Güktürk sat very still and contemplated his next move!

Güktürk sat very still and contemplated his next move!

Which was to jump away of course!

But look who I found back in dear old Blighty…..

Meet Spangly the Speckled Bush Cricket!

Meet Spangly the Speckled Bush Cricket!

Spangly was nowhere near a bush…in fact, he was on my living room door! I tried to take a photo but couldn’t and didn’t have any success ’til my partner held up a pair of my white trousers (waiting to be ironed-where is that fairy these days?) behind the glass.

I decided to relocate Spangly onto a lupin in my garden….

"What the...where the....mmmm lupin!' stuttered Spangly wondering what on earth had just happened to him!

“What the…where the….mmmm lupin!’ stuttered Spangly wondering what on earth had just happened to him!

 

"Oooh I feel all awkward and the wrong way up!" said Spangly to himself!

“Oooh I feel all awkward and the wrong way up!” said Spangly to himself!

 

Spangly then began the turn around….

"Round we go." said Spangly cheerfully even though he had some trouble with those long legs of his!

“Round we go.” said Spangly cheerfully even though he had some trouble with those long legs of his!

 

Whatever are those pincers on your bottom for Spangly?

Whatever are those pincers on your bottom for Spangly?

 

Then the eating of my beloved lupin began!

"Mmmmm!"

“Mmmmm!”

"How kind is that photographer woman, putting me onto this tasty lupin!"

“How kind is that photographer woman, putting me onto this tasty lupin!”

"Yummmm!"

“Yummmm!”

"Num num!" said Spangly in ecstasy, not realising that in a few short moments, I would whisk him off my dear lupin and away into the grass!

“Num num!” said Spangly in ecstasy, not realising that in a few short moments, I would whisk him off my dear lupin and away into the grass!

Isn’t he gorgeous!

That’s All!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 2

Yesterday I posted photos of sunlight on flowers from my holiday, but I finished with a photo of a small red and black insect who I promised to introduce you to properly today. Well here he is…..

May I present Stefan Stink Bug!

May I present Stefan Stink Bug!

To give him his full title Stefan Stink Bug-from the Family-True Shieldbugs (Pentatomidae) with the other name of Eurydema Ornata!!

On holiday in Turkey we visited an ancient archaeological site called Tlos, where there is a fortress built high in the mountains…..and I mean high….look….

It was between 40 and 50 degrees C when we climbed up here!

It was between 40 and 50°C when we climbed up here!

Anyway, at the top there was this bush that was completely covered in these little critters…..

Lots eh?

Lots eh?

 

You can see that there are two different sorts of these shield bugs....

You can see that there are two different sorts of these shield bugs….

Well if you’re observant you can…look hard!

So there was Stefan Stink Bug and this is Zena Stink Bug!

There was Stefan Stink Bug previously and this is Zena Stink Bug!

So this is Zena from the Family-True Shieldbugs (Pentatomidae) with the other name of Zicrona Caerulea (Zena Zicrona for short)!

Here’s some more of them…..

They apparently suck the sap of plants especially those in the brassica family (cabbage etc)!

They apparently suck the sap of plants especially those in the brassica family (cabbage etc)!

 

Tomorrow I will show you photos of the saucier side of the life of these Pentatomidae Stefan and Zena!!

Bet you can’t wait!

PS Thank you Hazel (findlikin’ good!) for spotting them!

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Red Lily Beetle and a Scary Looking Critter!

So here’s the Red Lily Beetle, found whilst walking through grassland….

So…a fact or two about these beetles:

1) They emit a high pitched squeak when they are disturbed!!!!

2) The larvae cover themselves in excrement as they feed-yeuch!

"Eeeek eeeek....I'm being disturbed, danger, danger, leave me alone!" squeaked Rover the Red Lily Beetle!

“Eeeek eeeek….I’m being disturbed, danger, danger, leave me alone!” squeaked Rover the Red Lily Beetle!

Moving on!

The other critter who was posing in the evening light on some lovely blossom…..

"Tum te tum te tum!" hummed Phineas Fly, as he was feeling quite pleased with the quality of the nectar that evening!

“Tum te tum te tum!” hummed Phineas Fly,
as he was feeling quite pleased with the quality of the nectar that evening!

 

That’s All!

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