The sun is out and the insects are out to play!

Good news, at last decent weather! The sun is out and the insects are out to play! Woo Hoo!

Woo Hoo!
Woo Hoo!

The temperature jumped around 8-10 degrees in the space of a couple of days, resulting in all manner of insect activity at Blashford Lakes nature reserve.

This pair of Helophilus Hoverflies were so into the moment that they didnt mind the placing of yellow card in the background to provide an eye catching image.

The Hover Way!
The Hover Way!

The nedyus quadrimaculatus weevils were also at it!

Mating nedyus quadrimaculatus weevils
Mating nedyus quadrimaculatus weevils

And it wasn’t just mating that was on the insects minds, it was also food!

This Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) continued to chomp on the really big juicy morsel it had caught even after several photo’s!

Tasty!
Tasty!
I can eat this in one!
I can eat this in one!
Crunch!
Crunch!
Nearly done!
Nearly done!

The damselflies were not alone in feeding, I also came across this Bee, Scorpion fly (Mecoptera) and Dance/Dagger fly.

Alien
Alien
Feeding Scorpion fly
Feeding Scorpion fly
Dance or Dagger fly daisy feeding
Dance or Dagger fly daisy feeding
Dance or Dagger fly profile
Dance or Dagger fly profile

Other insects preferred to just rest up in the heat. The occasional bench around the reserve offered provided this opportunity for me as well!

A dexiosoma caninum parasitic fly

Dexiosoma caninum parasitic fly
Dexiosoma caninum parasitic fly

A tiny, and apptly named, Little Longhorn moth (Cauchas fibulella).

Little Longhorn moth
Little Longhorn moth
Little Longhorn moth profile
Little Longhorn moth profile

Another Dance/Dagger fly

Dance or Dagger Fly
Dance or Dagger Fly

and this long-legged fly impersonating a dog!

Long-legged fly
Long-legged fly

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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