I'm recovering from hand surgery at the moment so my ladybird/shieldbug quest is on pause, however while walking around Priory Country Park today with my brother and sister-in-law Paul spotted something on a nettle that I recognized as a missing shieldbug, the Crucifer. You will have to make do with a left-handed phone pic until I'm well enough to wield a DSLR again.
Here's a rather better picture from Knocking Hoe on 18/08/17 where I found one sheltering from the gale on a moon carrot.
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Thursday, 20 July 2017
The most exciting thing to turn up in my garden since, well, forever! My first garden Silver-washed Fritillary was a valezina, and not only that but she appeared to lay several eggs on my garage wall. I'm now searching every brick through a magnifying glass, but sadly haven't found one yet...
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Not quite the finished article - 4th and 5th instar nymphs of the Tortoise shieldbug Eurygaster testudinaria - but they count as the 12th shieldbug species of the year. Swept in the cutting at Old Warden Tunnel today.