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

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!

See Ya xx

Is It Something I Said?

Whilst perusing my photographs I suddenly noticed how many of the creatures I photograph are totally ignoring me!!

Well, have a look and see if I’m right!

"Ducks...listen to me...ignore mad camera woman and she'll soon go away!" hissed Suzuki Swan!

“Ducks…listen to me…ignore mad camera woman and she’ll soon go away!” hissed Suzuki Swan!

"The only thing to do now is RUN even if it doesn't work in water....RUN Christine RUN!" screeched Corinne the moment she espied the camera!

“The only thing to do now is RUN even if it doesn’t work in water….RUN Christine RUN!” screeched Corinne the moment she espied the camera!

"Don't look now but she's back!" whispered Darren to the other two!

“Don’t look now but she’s back!” whispered Darren to the other two!

"I shall keep my beak in the air and continue with my course, thus letting her believe I haven't seen her....mwah ha ha ha!" cackled Carrie Cormorant!

“I shall keep my beak in the air and continue with my course, thus letting her believe I haven’t seen her….mwah ha ha ha!” cackled Carrie Cormorant!

"Hey Geraint," quacked Des, "Put your head under your wing like me... that'll spoil her shot!"

“Hey Geraint,” quacked Des, “Put your head under your wing like me… that’ll spoil her shot!”

And that’s only the water birds!

Look it continues…..

"Eat my shorts!" said Randy as he turned on his heels and left!

“Eat my shorts!” said Randy as he turned on his heels and left!

"I shall be glad when this snow has gone and look white once again!" sighed Perry. "Shhh! she's back again...look the other way and look casual!" neighed Pint-size!

“I shall be glad when this snow has gone and I look white once again!” sighed Perry.
“Shhh! she’s back again…look the other way and look casual!” neighed Pint-size!

"Resist the urge to stare like we usually do...Ewes, eyes forward....copy me!" baa-ed Shirley!

“Resist the urge to stare like we usually do…Ewes, eyes forward….copy me!” baa-ed Shirley!

"Tweet tweet!  Not looking at you, Tweet tweet, There's nothing you can do!" said Basil rather unkindly!

“Tweet tweet! Not looking at you, Tweet tweet, There’s nothing you can do!” said Basil rather unkindly!

Fortunately some creatures are not so unkind!

Three cheers for One-Horn!

Three cheers for One-Horn!

Henry came up to see what was going on and didn't ignore me!

Henry came up to see what was going on and didn’t ignore me!

Thank you Mr. S :)

Thank you Mr. S 🙂

And Rocky definitely loves me….

"Wonder when you'll give me something to eat!" said Rocky contentedly sitting in the sun.

“Wonder when you’ll give me something to eat!” said Rocky contentedly sitting in the sun.

And That’s All!

See Ya xx