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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I think it's Heliophanus, probably H. auratus.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Could be a good year for Craneflies? This in my green house this morning. Stayed just about long enough for the ID shot.

Comb-horn Cranefly (Ctenophora pectinicornis male?).



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I think it's Heliophanus, probably H. auratus.

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Looks more like Heliophanus flavipes based on to distribution

http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/por...hanus+flavipes

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Could be a good year for Craneflies? This in my green house this morning. Stayed just about long enough for the ID shot.



Comb-horn Cranefly (Ctenophora pectinicornis male?).







That's an interesting one but I usually only shoot them as prey.


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

What is happening to this ladybird


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It apears that may be a parasitic wasp (Dinocampus coccinellae or similair) cocoon being gaurded by the ladybird that is still allive and twitches as part of the defence of the parasite



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13860891



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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I think that it's been parasitised. The parasite has matured and left the ladybird's body and pupated nearby. The ladybird has died.

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Is this a bee fly?




No thar is a hover fly a bee mimic. Bees flies have long protruding mouth parts and are a single colour


This could be Merodon equestris though it varies a lot.
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It apears it may be still allive and the twitching is part of the defence of the parasitic wasp (Dinocampus coccinellae or similair)
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No that is a bee hover fly a bee mimic. Bees have differnt shaped eyes and antennae


This could be Merodon equestris though it varies a lot.
Ah, I thought it may have been one of the Bombyliidae family... thanks Alf.
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Ah, I thought it may have been one of the Bombyliidae family... thanks Alf.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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One single, huge larva emerges from the beetle. I photographed that on film, many years ago. I have never seen the coccoon stage.

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This could be Merodon equestris though it varies a lot.
It's M. equestris form equestris and looks like a male.

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One single, huge larva emerges from the beetle. I photographed that on film, many years ago. I have never seen the coccoon stage.

Harold

A cool if greusome thing to see Harold were the shots good?

I dont often shoot ladybirds as they are boring IMO but this was in same place when I passed it for the second time. I took a shot and it just move a little then noticed the cocoon then it was interesting.
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