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Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 18 9:49 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Out today to a mixed area, where we mainly explored the heathland part. Saw Green Tiger Beetles in the first few minutes, but, like all the invertebrates, they were extremely active in the hot sun, and I didn't get any pictures.

There were lots of solitary bee/wasp nests, and we saw Ruby Tailed Wasps.

A variety of dragon and damsel flies round the ponds, but again, far too active for pictures.

One person, several times, said "Oh, look! Purple Hairstreak!', pointing at a fast vanishing black dot high in an Oak tree.

We stopped at a hide near another pond, where a Magpie and a Stock Dove (Columba oenas) posed for pictures:

I haven't photographed Stock Dove before, even though they live in the garden. They seem to be secretive, as I hardly ever see them, though I hear them frequently.


Mistress Rose

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 18 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The insects are very fast moving at the moment aren't they. There are several butterflies I would like to look at but they won't stay still! Nice picture.

Jam Lady

Joined: 28 Dec 2006
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Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 18 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What I saw hunting in my garden this morning.

That's a fuchsia leaf, which gives you an idea of how small the spider is.

When I first noticed it the caterpillar was thrashing around. By the time I got the camera and went back outside it was limp as the spider scuttled to the underside of the leaf.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 18 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the escaping blob is a sign the weather is warm , smallish whiteish or big n gaudy is the closest i have got to id recently

the spider will have a decent meal out of that, nice snap.

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