Saturday, 31 May 2008

31st May 2008 - A grey day in Maulden Wood

An overcast day which required ISO 1600 to capture anything half-decent...

A cardinal beetle pyrochroa serraticornis taking flight:

Two malachite beetles (Malachius bipustulatus). I couldn't work out what they were doing at the time. I've since learned that the male has a complicated series of flanges and cups on its antennae which it uses to transfer sex-pheromones to the female prior to mating. (Thanks to the Natural England website for this snippet).

A sawfly, beyond my identification skills:

I spotted this bee long before I noticed the crab spider (Misumena vatia?) whose colour was perfectly matched to the bramble flower. Apparently this species of spider can slowly change its colour to match its surroundings - amazing!