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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Paul Iddon

    Moths, a beetle, and a cobweb spider

    Mostly micro moths tonight - 3 different ones, plus a beetle and a cobweb spider. Paul.
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Paul Iddon

    Jumping spider and a HUGE meal...

    This salticus scenicus jumping spider has gotten a meal that is huge compared to itself! Paul.
  8. Paul Iddon

    Today and tonight's ramblings

    Today and tonight's ramblings yielded the following: a hoverfly larvae which was looking for a place to sleep for a few weeks, a snail and it's trail, and a millipede. Hoverfly larvae: (White lipped) Banded Snail: And the millipede: Paul.
  9. Paul Iddon

    Notch-horned cleg

    We as humans just don't want to get too close to the cleg fly females - them pincers make a nasty mess of your skin! (Haematopota crassicornis and) Haematopota pluvialis are very similar. This is the latter (brown mottled wings). She kept landing on my shirt and I kept flicking her away - and...
  10. Paul Iddon


    Mirid bugs are common wherever there is an abundant food source. Some mirid species prey exclusively on soft-bodied invertebrates, while others also feed on plant sap if they have depleted prey numbers, causing distorted leaf growth and leaving puncture marks in fruits. (Source) These were on a...
  11. Paul Iddon

    8 eyes

    She's a good size! Paul.
  12. Paul Iddon

    Crab Spider

    This is a female philodromus sp. spider on the bird feeder... Paul.
  13. Paul Iddon

    Buff Ermine Moth?

    Found her very late last night, just after midnight! I am assuming a recently emerged Buff Ermine Moth. It was on the fence but as I got close it flew and landed on the apple tree trunk which made it harder to get to. Paul.
  14. Paul Iddon

    Snout Mite

    I don't know how common they are, but I've never photographed one before. I think this is a Snout Mite - Bdellidae in the order of Trombidiformes (of which there are about 11 genera and at least 260 described species in Bdellidae). Believe me, this one was ALWAYS running - I'm astounded I got...
  15. Paul Iddon

    Nature's way

    So what you see here is the remains of an aphid, it's body attached to a podium created by a braconid wasp. This tiny parasitic wasp finds a target host and deposits an egg inside it. This egg will be dormant until the host is big enough for the larva to hatch and then the wasp larva feeds on...
  16. Paul Iddon

    Amongst The smallest things I have photographed...

    You'll hopefully forgive me the lack of detail in this - but it is as small as anything I have ever photographed I reckon... Size is less than half the full stop on your keyboard! Apparently... This is Arachnida ( Acari - Mites ) - Oribatida - .. and at a glance, one of the -> Humerobatidae...
  17. Paul Iddon

    Jumping spider returned

    She appeared again, the zebra jumper - though it may be a different one to the others I've seen this summer... they look very similar to each other, but remain gorgeous! Paul.
  18. Paul Iddon

    The evil that is the weevil

    Pretty much disliked by most gardeners... Paul.
  19. Paul Iddon

    Male salticus scenicus

    Two jumpers on one of my planter today - but this is the male as the other buggered off! Paul.
  20. Paul Iddon

    What lives in the "Cuckoo Spit"?

    We've all seen it on our plants, and the pest that is inside the cuckoo spit is actually a young developing frog-hopper, which sucks the plant sap and distorts the young growth of flowering plants. It creates a protective bubble wrap, that protects the insect from attack by predators and also...