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  • First butterflies of the year for me, 1 Brimstone and 5+ Small tortoiseshell

  • Shitloads of Brimstone on Boxhill. Never seem to settle / feed

  • Saw my first Brimstone of the year today too but no chance of a photo - far to flighty. Much easier was this slow moving Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa)


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  • Masses of butterflies out in the sun today.


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  • My garden is chock full of ladybirds


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  • Spotted what I think was a Pantaloon bee borrowing between two patio slabs today

  • Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) were everywhere on my walk today


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  • Hi @eskay, I think it's a bit early for Pantaloon Bees their flight season is June-August (https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/pa­ntaloon-bee/). I think your bee is more likely to be a female mining bee - possibly a female Yellow-legged Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes)? They will be flying now and are quite widely distributed in southern England.
    Some photos for comparison with yours at http://www.dorsetnature.co.uk/pages-hyme­noptera/hym-30.html
    https://www.wildessex.net/species/yellow­-legged%20mining%20bee.htm

  • It looks like you are correct, I did notice the fly dates but could not find anything else that looked like it on the site I was using. Your link is much better! Bug season is starting to kick off!

  • I usually hear these before seeing them in my garden, noisy little devils!

  • A male Green Dock Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) found on Dock (of course) this evening. I'm now using an Olympus Tough TG-6 for 'micro' photography https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/uk/re­views/olympus-tough-tg-6-review . I'm really happy with the results so far.


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  • An Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) catching some rays yesterday.


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  • What an amazing beast!

  • What dis?

    I'm assuming it will suck my brains out while I'm sleeping with that giant face spike.

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    Bee fly 'Bombylius major'

    Beeflydeathsquito, surely?

    (First search result for "spike faced flying cunt uk")


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  • Haha, long nectar sucking device rather than brain feed tube.

    Horse flies however can fuck off. Basically surgical scissors with wings.

  • Evolution is an amazing thing.

    Parasites are Gods children too.

    🤣

  • ....and then they get elected into the House of Commons.

  • An on thread-topic photo from a walk in the woods today - insect and spider in one (slightly out of focus) image. The spider is, Misumena vatia, or the Flower Crab Spider. It doesn't use a web but instead it uses stealth and surprise to catch it's prey: in this case a fly.


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  • Garden is coming to life again.


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  • So many great pics in here recently, thanks all!

  • Nice spider pics!

  • Myathropa florea, a common high-summer hoverfly out a few weeks early, basking in the evening sun.


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  • Really pleased with this one - found a Green Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) this evening. Looks just like a miniature shining green moose ...


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  • Hanging about at my work


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  • Got this monster in the living room, seems to have made home between the window and secondary glazing. Probably eat me in my sleep tonight.


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