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.
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.
Next a new specie of weevil for me, this Leaf-rolling weevil (Byctiscus populi).
A Common Malachite Soft-Winged Flower Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus).
Profile & face on.
Next a colourful unindentified micro moth, which was about 3-4mm in length.
This reserve boasts lots of flies, and here a couple from the Saturday.
This one is the last of the Saturday’s visit, and a possible member of the Longhorn Beetle family (Cerambycidae).
Now onto Sunday’s pics, and first a young Speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima).
A second type of weevil, a Cionus hortulanus weevil.
Some of the moth caterpillars are also very colourful, like this Mottled Umber moth caterpillar (Erannis defoliaria).
Next another type of weevil, a pair of mating Common Leaf weevils (Phyllobius pyri).
Here is one of the arachnids, a White Crab Spider (Misumena vatia).
A possible Sawfly
The fourth and final differnt type of weevil, the Nut Weevil (Curculio nucum).
Finally, a pair of mating Flesh-flies (Sarcophaga carnaria)
Hope you enjoyed them.