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  1. Paul Iddon

    Slug Life

    The slug is about 20mm, the leaf maybe 45 or 50mm. The others living beings are tiny! But I don't know what they are... Possibly Riccardoella limacum Paul.
  2. Paul Iddon

    Apple Life

    This apple has fallen from our tree and started to decompose - and proved to be home for some little fellas (I assume collembola)... Paul.
  3. Paul Iddon

    Opilione and Drone

    The Opilio canestrinii, juvenile harvestman but it was running away - so all I have is the rear view... plus a sleeping dronefly on a leaf in the apple tree (taken at around 11.30pm)... Paul.
  4. Paul Iddon


    Not what I would expect in my garden, but a nocturnal visitor tonight. It's a caddisfly, though there are nearly 120 UK species so I would need an expert to narrow it down to which... It was however, very tolerant and made no effort to fly away. Paul.
  5. Paul Iddon

    Wainscot Moth

    I think this is the common wainscot moth... Paul.
  6. Paul Iddon

    A spot of moisture

    After the rain, the insects need to dry off - being soaking wet does most no good I suppose. Here's an Orchesella cincta (I think) and then the reasonably patient long-legged fly that allowed me to move around to different angles... Paul.
  7. Asher Kelman

    The SPIDER THREAD - post your spiders here.

    I have asked Paul Iddon to curate a collection on “Spiders”! Asher
  8. Paul Iddon

    Neriene montana

    I think this is the Neriene montana, with a mirid bug supper. Paul.
  9. Paul Iddon

    The fiddler and the nibbler

    4 more from today - the first of a face-away hoverfly - obviously playing second fiddle... And a Mirinae of some kind, sucking the guts out of its prey (that small lump of a victim) until it has had it's nibble... Paul.
  10. Paul Iddon

    Sarcophagidae - the flesh fly

    Flesh flies look similar to house flies, but are typically larger and have bright red eyes. Adult flesh flies are light gray in color and have a distinctive checkerboard pattern on top of their abdomen. They have three black stripes running down their thorax. Paul.
  11. Paul Iddon

    Froghopper on a rose petal

    This is the common froghopper, Philaenus spumarius. It was standing on the stem of a rose, just beneath the bud, and I was able to gently break the flower away from the plant and that allowed me to use the petals as the background as it moved around. It was around 9.30pm when I took these...
  12. Paul Iddon

    Araniella cucurbitina (cucumber green spider)

    Araneidae family of spiders, the green orb is hard to find because they blend in so damn well... Paul.
  13. Paul Iddon

    2nd sensor clean done

    I really needed to sort out my sensor - it was riddle with dust and badly needed a clean. Below you can see what I end up with after removing dust spots in Photoshop - this is a spittle bug: Looks OK doesn't it? Now see what it started off like!!! You can clearly see the horrid...
  14. Paul Iddon

    Dustywing (Conwentzia psociformis) and an opilione

    Spotted this small white fly-like thing moving slowly on the leaf of the bay laurel late on Monday night. Turns out to be a dustywing - probably Conwetzia psociformis, looking at the wing venation. They belong t the lacewing family - Coniopterygidae, are a family of Pterygota (winged insects)...
  15. Paul Iddon

    Snout mites again

    I have to say, when I find these bugs seen below, I get quite excited at the chase! They constantly and I mean constantly move, unless stopping for food. At best they are 2 or 3mm, and it seems there might be 2 different ones here, but it could just be the innards are showing in #3 Once again...
  16. Paul Iddon

    Beautiful Swallowtail

    A beautiful Swallowtail moth - one of our largest Geometrids. Ourapteryx sambucaria. Being strictly nocturnal and having quite a short emergence period in late June - July, it is not often encountered by the non-enthusiast. With that in mind, I am quite pleased to have had the opportunity to...
  17. Paul Iddon

    Moths, a beetle, and a cobweb spider

    Mostly micro moths tonight - 3 different ones, plus a beetle and a cobweb spider. Paul.
  18. Paul Iddon

    Night finds - from brimstones to pirates to hedgipigs!

    Brimstone to pirates to Hedgipigs... Plus a first ever for me of the false pirate spider, Platnickina tincta And while taking these a hedgehog snuffled by... She didn't mind the flash (flinched the first time which worried me, but seemed happy after that) and if you look closely...
  19. Paul Iddon

    Alder beetles - tough in ANY light!

    This managed to get into the house - and after following it's rescue to the garden, it posed by a way of thanks on the agapanthus... Paul.
  20. Paul Iddon

    Rusty Tussock Moth

    Got a few of these on my bay willow shrub by the front door of the house. The shrub always gets sawfly caterpillars that do a good job of stripping the leaves, but I assume these tussocks will do an equitable job of it too... Paul.