An Insect Day

Saturday, July 16th 2011

The insects were enjoying the warmth and sunshine.  Small Skipper and Ringlet butterflies were flying through the Scrapes. Large amounts of flies bothered the dogs and humans as they went about their work.

When the Eco Club was on their bug hunt we saw Scorpion Flies, but only females.   Males have a scorpion like tail as can be seen in this photograph. 

Male Scorpion Fly

Ragwort provides a meal for the Cinnabar Moth caterpillars, who use the poisons of the plant to help to protect themselves from predators. 

Cinnabar Moths on Ragwort

And finally food “on tap”.  This small ladybird larva was walking through the vetch plant (notice the tendrils helping the plant to climb) heading towards its favourite food blackfly.   It does not change its diet when it is an adult.

Ladybird larva with blackfly in the background

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