Insect hunt.

Saturday, June 18th 2011

There were a lot of insects around in the undergrowth.

Even though it was wet and breezy there was much to be seen in the sheltered ares.

Blue Tailed Damselfly

This is matured male Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Note the difference of the colouring on the thorax to that of the immature male Azure Damselfly (below).

 immature male Azure

The thorax has black and white striping which changes to blue as it matures.

Below is an Investigator Beetle. This insect feeds of the carcasses of others and lays its eggs inside for its young to feed from as they hatch.

Investigator Beetle

What appeared to be colouring on the thorax turned out to be many mites that were only seen when they went for a walk around the beetles's back!

male Scorpion Fly

 This male Scorpion Fly may look quite fierce but in fact is quite harmless.

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