Thursday
Jul032014

Leaf Beetles

A male Chrysolina polita mating with a female Chrysolina herbacea (both Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).  See here for another observation of mating between these two species.

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-06-29.

Wednesday
Jul022014

Ground Bugs

A pair of nettle ground bugs, Heterogaster urticae (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae) mating.

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-06-29.

Tuesday
Jul012014

Tephritid Fly

A female Goniglossum wiedemanni (Diptera: Tephritidae) on Bryonia dioica, the host plant for its larvae.

A female because it has an oviscape:

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-06-29.

Monday
Jun302014

Snake

A grass snake, Natrix natrix.  It was sunning itself in a clearing in a nettle patch when I disturbed it forcing it to moved under cover.

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-06-29.

Sunday
Jun292014

Moth

A small moth that came in through our living room window one evening: a Eudonia sp, possibly Eudonia mercurella (Lepidoptera: Crambidae).  I trapped it and photographed it by daylight the following morning.  Then I released it.

Specimen taken in Reading, UK, on 2014-06-27.