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  1. Paul Iddon

    Small selection today once the rain had stopped

    Lousy weather most of the day but when the sun shined for half an hour, the insects came out to play briefy... A wolf spider carrying her eggs: A sawfly larva tucked up away from any rainfall: I think this is Pimpla rufipes - the black slip wasp - hard to get anything because...
  2. Paul Iddon

    Night safari

    Just the others from the jaunt where I found the candy stripe spider. Here is a cellar spider (entitled "when I grow up I want be.... a bigger spider!) Here's a tiny spiderling that shows they'll take on anything no matter the size! Next is a 2mm (max) springtail - I think it's...
  3. Paul Iddon

    Some kind of parasitoid wasp, a resting bee and a little jumper.

    Cooler day in the garden, quite windy too. I did find 3 nice subjects shame about the dead moss getting in the way mind you...) Paul.
  4. Paul Iddon

    One of my cellar spiders with a morsel... and an evil weevil...

    One of my cellar spiders with a morsel... and an evil weevil... Paul.
  5. Paul Iddon

    Angle shade moth - must be newly emerged

    First this year I have seen, so likely just emerged from the somewhere in the garden. Paul.
  6. Paul Iddon

    Sawfly larva

    Found this one tonight. Paul.
  7. Paul Iddon

    Alder Beetle on Aquilegia

    I used a printed background held behind the flower to get a matching background for these. The blue beetle stands out pretty well. Paul.
  8. Paul Iddon

    On it...

    Felt a bit intrusive to be honest, lol... Paul.
  9. Paul Iddon


    This ladybird was enjoying an aphid meal... Paul.
  10. Paul Iddon

    A catkin bug and a GHS

    Here's the first time I've photographed a Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) - I was struck by the Frankenstein stitching of the elytra, and that's followed by more of one of the GHS's from in the outhouse. Paul.
  11. Paul Iddon

    Hey Froggy!

    Say hello to the first frog in the garden this year - on a journey from the shed to the edge of the pond... Paul.
  12. Paul Iddon

    2 from the night

    A couple from the garden tonight - a bark fly and a millipede on a wintered leaf. Paul.
  13. Paul Iddon

    With the warm sun comes the ladybirds

    Another bright warmer day and the ladybirds are plentiful (I counted over a dozen in my small patch of garden). And occasionally, there's a bad landing to sort out! Paul.
  14. Paul Iddon

    My first jumping spider & Bumblebee of 2022

    They are finally back! Joyous! Paul.
  15. Paul Iddon


    Not sure which - but it will be a night flyer... Found it on the stem of a rose, and it moved onto a rose hip. Paul.
  16. Paul Iddon

    First dronefly in the garden this year

    Eristalis pertinax male. (As far as I can determine!) He was warming up in the sunshine on a laurel leaf and quite happily stepped onto my thumb for a few poses. Paul.
  17. Paul Iddon

    Ground beetle larva

    Look at the jaws on this bad boy! (Ground beetle larva I think). Paul.
  18. Paul Iddon

    Small creatures

    Here is fine specimen of the amazing centipede (great subjects, but I dislike them a little... urgghhh)... And in a small pool of water, you can see several species of water loving creatures: the corpse of a waterhog louse (Asellus aquaticus), a flatworm (Polycellis nigra - an invertebrate of...
  19. Paul Iddon


    These photographs were taken in a controlled conservation area (I am registered with an organisation/charity as a volunteer). I should point out about the great crested newt: Due to enormous declines in range and abundance in the last century, the great crested newt is strictly protected by...