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Favourite insect?


brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
24 May 2013 6:59PM

Quote:Hover Bee or Fly


Although Hoverflies and Beeflies mimic bees you can tell its a bee not a fly from the antenna (which the fly doesn't have) and by the eye shape and structure .

Also the hoverflies don't have pollen-sacks on their rear legs and, if you can get a frontal shot you will see there is a single paddle-shaped protusion with a single hair extending from the top of the eye and the tongue shape is totally different (with the bee its an extended tube with a pair of little feelers on the end, with the hover family its like a thick shoe on the base)

have a look here:

Hover

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and here

Bee

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tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
24 May 2013 9:48PM
Marbled white butterflies
Coventryphotog Junior Member 1 149 United Kingdom
24 May 2013 10:52PM
Male Scorpion Fly...dramatic looking little thing, and quite photogenic.
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 May 2013 6:56AM
I don't really have a 'favourite' insect, I really like them all (though spiders do make me think twice!). I do like the unusual though, I still get a thrill when I spot something out of the ordinary.

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My husband presented me with this 4" beauty one afternoon, when he was cutting wood! It's a Rhyssa persuasoria (the largest Ichneumon wasp in the UK)

I just wish the wretched weather would warm up, there are no insects around at the moment (just a few furry bumble bees).
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
25 May 2013 7:02AM

Quote:I just wish the wretched weather would warm up, there are no insects around at the moment


You ain't kidding Karen, I'm right fed up with it! I put the moth traps out last night and normally this time of year I'd catch in excess of a 100-150 different specimens, last nights count was just 5.......Unbelievable SadSadSadSad

Nice wasp BTW Wink
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 May 2013 7:06AM
It makes me wonder if the bugs can recover - after all, the Bee-flies have been and gone already! There are Cuckoo flowers around, but I haven't found a single Orange Tip butterfly egg on any of them!
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
25 May 2013 8:06AM
haven't seen a darned thing in the garden for the last week or so, not even our dreaded gnats from the river. Give it a few days and they will all come back

(The fledglings are all coming in to be fed by their parents though so that's filling the gap well Smile )
Gaucho e2
12 2.4k 2 United Kingdom
25 May 2013 9:42AM
If it's any consolation, there is absolutely rien in the way of bugs here in the south of France. However, the wild flowers have been spectacular Smile
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
25 May 2013 12:36PM
The sun has come out and in the space of about 1 minute we've had a Speckled Wood, a Hoverfly and a Bumble feeding on the Dicentra - so there is hope yet Smile
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 May 2013 3:44PM
Just got back from a walk - the sun is trying to shine, between the large clouds. I've seen several 'Whites', a Speckled Wood, hovers, a shield bug, bumbles, some Scorpion flies, a moth (sorry Ade, no photo, though it looked like an Angle Shade) and a few damsels. Oh, and a female Roe deer, who just stood there and watched me! Smile

Definitely warmer, things are waking up at last!
johnke 1 54 9 South Africa
29 May 2013 6:39AM



One of my Favorite Insects.
johnke 1 54 9 South Africa
29 May 2013 6:46AM
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
29 May 2013 7:07AM
you do get some interesting Bees in SA John, that's a beauty
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
29 May 2013 7:33AM
Too many to select one "Favourite" so here are a few

Dronefly

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Common Gnat (Female - the male has large ornate antenna)

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Hawthorn Shield Bug

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Shield bug taking off (sorry for the poor quality but I've never caught this before)

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A leaf-cutter bee (this year's project is to try for some professional quality images of this fascinating little bee at work)

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StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
29 May 2013 7:52AM
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