Macro compilation

This compilation of macro photo’s were all taken across the 2 days of last weekend at HIWT’s Blashford Lakes nature reserve, and highlight the diverity of insects and arachnids that may be found a here.

I have decided to show them in the order I found them instead of grouping by type.

First up bovering a hover.

Hoverfly
Hoverfly

This years first damsel head shot, eye to eye with a Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum). Here’s hoping this is the first of many of these cheeky chappies.

Eye to eye
Eye to eye

Next a new specie of weevil for me, this Leaf-rolling weevil (Byctiscus populi).

Leaf-rolling Weevil
Leaf-rolling Weevil

A Common Malachite Soft-Winged Flower Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus).

Profile & face on.

Common Malachite Soft-Winged Flower Beetle profile
Common Malachite Soft-Winged Flower Beetle profile
Face on with a Common Malachite Soft-Winged Flower Beetle
Face on with a Common Malachite Soft-Winged Flower Beetle

Next a colourful unindentified micro moth, which was about 3-4mm in length.

A Micro moth
A Micro moth

This reserve boasts lots of flies, and here a couple from the Saturday.

Dark fly eye
Dark fly eye
Leg stretch
Leg stretch
Fly mouth
Fly mouth

This one is the last of the Saturday’s visit, and a possible member of the Longhorn Beetle family (Cerambycidae).

Possible Longhorn Beetle
Possible Longhorn Beetle

Now onto Sunday’s pics, and first a young Speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima).

Speckled bush cricket profile
Speckled bush cricket profile

A second type of weevil, a Cionus hortulanus weevil.

Cionus hortulanus weevil
Cionus hortulanus weevil

Some of the moth caterpillars are also very colourful, like this Mottled Umber moth caterpillar (Erannis defoliaria).

Mottled Umber moth caterpillar
Mottled Umber moth caterpillar

Next another type of weevil, a pair of mating Common Leaf weevils (Phyllobius pyri).

Mating Common Leaf Weevils
Mating Common Leaf Weevils

Here is one of the arachnids, a White Crab Spider (Misumena vatia).

White Crab Spider
White Crab Spider

A possible Sawfly

Possible Sawfly
Possible Sawfly

The fourth and final differnt type of weevil, the Nut Weevil (Curculio nucum).

Sentinal
Sentinal

Finally, a pair of mating Flesh-flies (Sarcophaga carnaria)

Mating Flesh-flies
Mating Flesh-flies

Hope you enjoyed them.

Pete

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

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