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Animal art => Animal art => Topic started by: animaltoyforum on December 06, 2012, 03:39:27 PM

Title: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on December 06, 2012, 03:39:27 PM
My dad is an amateur wildlife photographer who takes photos mainly of insects and fungi. If anyone is interested, here's his website, and a few examples of his work  8)

http://bugsnapz.blogspot.co.uk/

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xPKiRwpjGig/ULDnA0SitcI/AAAAAAAAAWs/VvvgkyNDpDQ/s640/Green+shieldbug+(Palomena+prasina).jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IyHogTCQLss/UJZtydqbk7I/AAAAAAAAAVA/rv-5vZSJezE/s640/Green-veined+White+(Pieris+napi).jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Vn_nsmzi8bg/UGCqgAeWIzI/AAAAAAAAAS0/7rtNSCa-L_I/s1600/Burying+Beetle+with+mites.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on December 06, 2012, 03:49:29 PM
I posted a new one today, in fact.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x0y-dGM0mZ8/UL_DtETsQaI/AAAAAAAAAXE/FDKi5gUBvjA/s640/Common+Blue+on+thistle+(Polyommatus+icarus).jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on December 06, 2012, 03:56:44 PM
Great photos, Mr. Smith! :) If only my attempts capturing our local insect fauna in photos were half as good... :-[
Hehe, those Nicrophorus always seem to carry blind passengers with them. Well, those mites like carrion, too. And a free lift, of course... ;D
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Jetoar on December 06, 2012, 04:18:36 PM
beautiful images of insects  ^-^. I will share pothographs of wild life that I taken of photographs of my friends  ^-^.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on December 09, 2012, 12:05:35 PM
Great photos, Mr. Smith! :) If only my attempts capturing our local insect fauna in photos were half as good... :-[
Hehe, those Nicrophorus always seem to carry blind passengers with them. Well, those mites like carrion, too. And a free lift, of course... ;D

Thanks for those kind comments brontodocus, much appreciated. Will try to update with a new picture shortly.
AdsDad-Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on December 28, 2012, 06:59:28 PM
I have a couple more updates to share  :)

Click the links for high res versions and more info.
http://bugsnapz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/harvestman-phalangium-opilio.html (http://bugsnapz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/harvestman-phalangium-opilio.html)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oKK-HBT3UoU/UMZiQdr32sI/AAAAAAAAAXY/3x7SR6XYC7s/s640/Harvestman+(Phalangium+opilio).jpg)

http://bugsnapz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/black-silverhorn-caddisfly-mystacides.html (http://bugsnapz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/black-silverhorn-caddisfly-mystacides.html)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6ZLLLd21G5Q/UNIc5-1bTHI/AAAAAAAAAYE/WqWDKDbpiOE/s640/Black+Silverhorn+Caddisfly+(Mystacides+azurea).jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Jetoar on December 28, 2012, 07:09:09 PM
amazing opilium  ^-^.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on December 28, 2012, 07:14:34 PM
Hehe, regarding the silverhorn caddisfly, my first thought was an adelid longhorn moth, too! :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on January 15, 2013, 09:16:36 PM
Hop over to Bugsnapz for the latest update. If anyone can name this please let me know. No, I don't mean calling it Bob or Charly I mean the scientific name of course. Thanks, Bugsnapz Pete
 (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MBygML_oerQ/UPW9VfGZRQI/AAAAAAAAAYs/vcYRAuLr6io/s640/Meadow+or+field+grasshopper+(Acridae).jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on January 15, 2013, 09:19:18 PM
Very nice! I'm sure Dr Andre (Brontodocus) can assist with the ID  ;)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on January 15, 2013, 10:02:07 PM
Thanks for your confidence! :) It's almost certainly a male Meadow Grasshopper, Chorthippus parallelus. The males are very similar to those of C. montanus and they can be easily confused with each other (good characters to separate them are the position of the transversal groove on the pronotum, the relative length of the cerci, and the number of stridulatory cusps on the hindleg's femur), but I believe the latter doesn't occur in Britain.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on January 17, 2013, 09:28:50 PM
Thanks Brotodocus, I will update this on my Bugsnapz page and have made a note of it for future reference. Much appreciated.
Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on January 17, 2013, 10:14:53 PM
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help you out. :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on January 29, 2013, 08:15:10 PM
New Bugsnapz picture for your pleasure.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vAwnl8absNY/UQgog78SlqI/AAAAAAAAAZE/9zcBNFy9Ffw/s1600/longhorn+beetle+%28agapanthia+villosoviridescens%29.jpg)

Regards,

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on January 29, 2013, 08:24:56 PM
Impressive longhorn beetle  :o 8)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on February 08, 2013, 07:52:28 PM
Latest Bugsnapz image. Dock Bug twins, (Coreus marginatus) enjoy.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HGMlTLvlbG4/URUudbTMraI/AAAAAAAAAZY/YLqtC7dIDT8/s1600/Dock+bug+twins+%28Coreus+marginatus%29.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on February 08, 2013, 11:00:20 PM
Very nice! :) Looks like it's the final instar before they turn to adults. This just reminds me of an invasive species within the same family that is getting increasingly more common in Europe - only a little over a decade ago a very distinctive North American coreid was introduced to Europe, the Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis. It has also reached Great Britain a few years ago, much larger than our native coreids (up to 20 mm) and with leaf-like expansions at the hind tibiae. I even found one in our house this autumn!
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on February 24, 2013, 01:24:50 PM
Here is a picture I took some time ago that shows how close you can get to some insects.
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QhGgqS1gP7Q/USoO7BE5YuI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/6NyhMpCLObY/s1600/Hover+on+finger.jpg)
Enjoy,
Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on February 25, 2013, 06:08:14 PM
Very nice :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on March 07, 2013, 09:18:18 PM
Another Bugsnapz pic. A reminder of what will soon be awakening around April time. Enjoy
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gpYy1kStweg/UTj9sxvUXiI/AAAAAAAAAaM/f5x3SLYNjHU/s640/Slow+worm+(Anguis+fragilis)+top+view.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Jetoar on March 10, 2013, 11:06:33 AM
Amazing skink  ^-^!
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on March 11, 2013, 11:17:01 PM
Amazing skink  ^-^!
Well, there are legless skinks, but that's a slow-worm, Anguis fragilis.  :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on April 09, 2013, 08:42:37 PM
Well I think the slow worms will sleep for a bit longer this year. But look what I had land on me out of the blue. A Yellow Ophion!!! They do not usually fly until July. I took this last week in the very cold April we have had so far. It is only the second one I have seen but first one to take a pic of. How strange.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aF2aUZ-eMkA/UWRnZw-O2QI/AAAAAAAAAac/yRMiqMK9Mkc/s1600/Yellow+Ophion+%28Ophion+luteus%29+on+hand.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on April 09, 2013, 10:52:51 PM
Oh, wow! :) While I usually wouldn't dare to identify Ichneumonidae any further than family level this one really looks like Ophion. They are not uncommon here and on several occasions I had some in my room when they were attracted by light and the window wasn't closed. By the way, some ichneumonids with short ovipositor are said to be able to sting with it in self defense (which is why I never touched one of those) although I do not know if Ophion actually is one of those "stinging" ones. Anyways, even if they did it would be without any venom.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on April 16, 2013, 08:33:58 PM
Hi brontodocus, thank you for your comments and you are quite right but it is the female that will try to sting with her ovipositor. I was just amazed to see one this early as they usually fly around July time.
Bugsnapz Pete.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 05, 2013, 09:55:04 PM
Here are two for the price of one for you today as I have not updated for some time. Awfull weather has not helped this year so far but it is looking quite promising from now on. Enjoy the pictures.
Bugsnapz.

Owl midge (Pericoma fuligninosa)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IZHZY5lj-VU/UYbABcpZUEI/AAAAAAAAAaw/oNOujkstO7w/s1600/Owl+midge+%28Pericoma+fuligninosa%29.jpg)

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on old leaf
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L_M2PjgZIcI/UYbCWNGuyuI/AAAAAAAAAa8/yZW-7nL2DNM/s1600/Honey+Bee+%28Apis+mellifera%29+on+old+leaf.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 12, 2013, 08:00:21 PM
March flies (Bibio marci) (well it did this year) I hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VYQYAJDHHKg/UY_gF6f9ryI/AAAAAAAAAbc/B-2XHeTtkas/s1600/March+fly+%28Bibio+marci%29.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XQrdGksnsh8/UY_gMt0IeFI/AAAAAAAAAbk/p8LITr-4pcY/s1600/March+fly+on+dandelion+%28Bibio+marci%29.jpg)

Regards, Bagsnapz Pete
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: blackdanter on May 13, 2013, 09:31:59 PM
Great images. Keep them coming  ;)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on May 16, 2013, 10:41:49 AM
It's wonderful to see how even so common and mostly neglected insects can turn out really beautiful when properly photographed! :) Oh, and it's a boy! ;D
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: tyrantqueen on May 16, 2013, 04:35:38 PM
I thought slow worms were legless lizards, not insects? :-[
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: KathyAnderson on May 16, 2013, 07:22:32 PM
These are really cool pics!:) I like the one of the honey bee.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: KathyAnderson on May 17, 2013, 09:26:41 PM
DISCLAIMER: :) This isn't my picture, I just like it!
http://animal-backgrounds.com/dragonfly/dragonfly-wallpaper.html
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 25, 2013, 10:22:45 PM
Hi Kathy, Thank you for your comments. I agree the picture you linked to is very nice. You are very close calling it a dragonfly but it is a very beautiful Damselfly. They are usually seen at the same time and locations. Dragonflies are a lot bigger. This is something you can check out next time you are out and about near water but don't get too close You don't want to fall in. Always best to have someone else with you.
Bugsnapz

PS I hope you like my next picture which is very colourful.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 25, 2013, 10:26:30 PM
Of all the different shield bugs this is one of my favourites. This was taken using my latest bit of kit, my new Canon MR 14EX ring flash which is soooo good. They are very expensive but is proving to be worth it in the long run. With TTL metering it is allowing greater depth of field which comes into its own with insect pics. I hope you will all see a difference once I have a few more pictures taken with it now the warmer weather has arrived.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WjgGSTEhFAA/UaEkuYiLD6I/AAAAAAAAAb0/NrMTII8Vitc/s1600/Birch+Shieldbug+%28Elasmostethus+interstinctus%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on May 25, 2013, 11:18:24 PM
Ooh I like the shield bug  8)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Battatitan on June 02, 2013, 02:54:02 PM
Wow, all your pictures are spectacular! You've really highlighted the beautiful miniature world we live with but often overlook (sometimes quite literally!  :D ).

Congratulations on your new camera; it makes a real difference! That shield bug seems so intricate and mighty.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on June 16, 2013, 08:46:19 PM
Thank you Battatitan for those kind words, I am pleased you like my pictures. I am just back from Menorca where there are some wonderful insects. This is one off my favourites which is truly beautiful. There will be more to come.

Lacewing (Libelloides ictericus)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EJxqzpQgUW8/Ub4QRJEXo0I/AAAAAAAAAcE/CvdfBiE8gOI/s1600/Lacewing+%28Libelloides+ictericus%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: blackdanter on June 17, 2013, 10:18:04 AM
Thank you Battatitan for those kind words, I am pleased you like my pictures. I am just back from Menorca where there are some wonderful insects. This is one off my favourites which is truly beautiful. There will be more to come.

Lacewing (Libelloides ictericus)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EJxqzpQgUW8/Ub4QRJEXo0I/AAAAAAAAAcE/CvdfBiE8gOI/s1600/Lacewing+%28Libelloides+ictericus%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz

Fantastic image. Great piece of work.  ;)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: widukind on June 17, 2013, 07:30:50 PM
Unbelievable pics  :))
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on June 18, 2013, 09:06:46 AM
Yay, it's been a while since I last saw an ascalaphid and the one I saw was Libelloides longicornis. I've only seen them at one location in (southern slope of the "Badberg", a protected area in the Kaiserstuhl and one of the hottest spots in Germany, other notable animals living there are Western Green Lizard, Lacerta bilineata, and European Mantis, Mantis religiosa) :) At first I didn't read that the picture was taken on Menorca and was puzzled because I think there aren't any of those in Britain.
Title: Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding and at rest (Macroglossum stellatarum)
Post by: bugsnapz on June 23, 2013, 01:04:46 PM
Glad you liked it Brontodocus, I was very lucky to snap it when it stopped. A couple of days later there was a swarm of them over a field of grain but getting a picture was not going to happen. They are very good and fast fliers. Again taken in Menorca.

Here are a couple of pics of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth. One in action the other still so you can see the size. I hope everyone likes them.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pW2f_ozYdTU/Ucbc9o3Eq3I/AAAAAAAAAcY/SITkzBW3mDI/s1600/Hummingbird+moth+feeding.jpg)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r50zQenOgpU/Ucbc995tpFI/AAAAAAAAAcc/IXSRcL3b9Ek/s1600/Hummingbird+Moth+at+rest.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Jetoar on June 24, 2013, 03:24:07 PM
Wonderful  ^-^.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 03, 2013, 10:06:52 PM
One of my favourite creatures the speckled bush cricket. Just a little one for you here. Enjoy

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qSbABJNEtLk/UdSLlSVg_7I/AAAAAAAAAcw/XcaRwqM6_5A/s640/Speckled+bush+cricket+nymph+%28Leptophyes+punctatissima.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 14, 2013, 08:46:18 PM
Here is another picture from my Menorca holiday that I searched hard to find. My patience paid off and I got this picture on the last but one day of my 2 week holiday. I skipped all the way back to the hotel. It makes up for all the hundreds of pictures that don't make the grade and are sent to the recycle bin.

Praying Mantis (Mantis sp)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Jy93U40eQ7o/UeL7Nc9xAKI/AAAAAAAAAdA/X6EbMNVyxGw/s1600/Praying+Mantis+%28Mantis+sp%29+.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on July 14, 2013, 09:59:20 PM
Looks like it has a translucent head!  :o
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on July 16, 2013, 08:37:19 AM
Oh, wonderful! :) I can confirm they are really hard to find. I visited the "Badberg", a protected area in the "Kaiserstuhl" near Freiburg (it's one of the hottest spots in Germany) several times without success in September 2009 - when they were already 7 cm long adults. Only on the last day I found two females just about 20 cm away from each other. They are so well camouflaged and hide behind blades of grass when a person approaches, just like chameleons would do.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 26, 2013, 09:27:31 PM
Thanks for your comments Brontodocus.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 26, 2013, 09:34:19 PM
Here is a beetle I had never seen before and spotted by my wife Barbara while on a walk in Menorca. It was so big I don't know how I missed it. It is called an Oil beetle because it emits a smelly oily fluid when it is alarmed. It also has conspicuous beaded looking antennae.

Oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lN8Ipmd0q2c/UfLW6mcI53I/AAAAAAAAAdc/a1JM3ywH8yc/s1600/Oil+beetle+%28Meloe+proscarabaeus%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Balaur on August 04, 2013, 07:27:42 PM
Nice photo!  ;)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on August 20, 2013, 08:49:56 PM
Hi all, new update to Bugsnapz. Feel free to visit Bugsnapz.com to see all previous posts.

Small Skipper on thistle.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lANZ76CHsFM/UhPE06E9dII/AAAAAAAAAeM/wUkFbCOBoeo/s1600/Small+Skipper+on+thistle+%28Thymelicus+sylvestris%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on August 20, 2013, 11:20:51 PM
Nice. I noticed you've stopped watermarking your photos, is that intentional?  :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on August 30, 2013, 03:43:37 PM
6 Spot Burnet Moth on thistle (Zygaena filipendulae)

I took this picture with a Canon Ixus and was very lucky the moth stayed where it was for some time. I can't say I have seen many of these moths this year. They are quite stricking and hard to miss and the colours are great. Enjoy.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HiTBXfL9RZ4/UiCtnMWtL0I/AAAAAAAAAeg/pc9c0pHvwDI/s1600/6+spot+Burnet+Moth+on+thistle+%28Zygaena+filipendulae%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 15, 2013, 06:46:57 PM
Bugsnapz update, Brown Aeshna Dragonfly (Aeshna granis)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lb6WvAYBkTE/UjXuugAgWuI/AAAAAAAAAew/OTI_agQM3aE/s1600/Brown+Aeshna+Dragonfly+%28Aeshna+granis%29.jpg)

I hope you like this new update. I hope I also got the correct name as there are so many variations.

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on September 16, 2013, 05:12:08 PM
Beautiful! :) It's a female Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta. The second abdominal segment (that's the thick one behind the wings) shows a T-shaped yellow mark which is characteristic for A. mixta. A. grandis would also have wings that appear yellowish and the wing venation would be light brown instead of black. :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 23, 2013, 07:52:56 PM
Thanks for the update Brontodocus, much appreciated. I have difficulty in finding easily recognisible pictures to compare. I can spend ages trying to confirm the correct names, in fact longer than it takes me to photograph them but it is good when you eventualy find them so thanks again.

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on September 24, 2013, 10:58:43 AM
You're welcome! :) There may be many insect groups where a photo won't allow an identification to species level wit 100% certainty, but all dragonflies of central Europe can be identified this way.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 29, 2013, 06:32:18 PM
Here is another of my favourite insects, the shieldbug family. I took this one in my back garden with my usual kit plus an extension tube to get me that bit closer.

Hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IqvJQ-X5EQQ/UkhfmN_X1xI/AAAAAAAAAfE/c_MaIccMcBc/s1600/Hawthorn+shield+bug+%28Acanthosoma+haemorrhoidale%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on October 10, 2013, 09:30:54 PM
A lovely red weevil (Apion frumentarium) It is specific to Dock plants and usualy under the leaves so I was lucky to spot this one as it took its life in its hands (or feet!!) by walking on top and standing out big time.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-h4uD-pt6ZZk/UlcKs0xnx8I/AAAAAAAAAfU/96oj3sUoSak/s1600/Red+weevil+%28Apion+frumentarium%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on October 13, 2013, 01:09:02 PM
Not easy to take a good photograph of them, those Apion species are so very tiny! Since their head is tapering which makes it resembling that of a shrew they are called "Spitzmäuschen" (= little shrew) in German. :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on October 19, 2013, 10:50:08 PM
Thank you for your comments Brontodocus, much appreciated as usual. That weevil is large in comparison to some that I have seen but not had a good picture of. I find them on the tops of nettles. I took the picture with my new extension tubes which means I can get a lot closer.

Here is my next favourite thing to photograph while the insects are not about, fungi. Enjoy all.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qtsE_PyPwa8/UmL3eK749ZI/AAAAAAAAAfk/taNj6gRC-m8/s1600/Hares+foot+inkcap+young+%28Coprinopsis+lagopus%29.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--hSK0ZrzYM4/UmL5y1RpqyI/AAAAAAAAAfw/qEKab6WKNOs/s1600/Hare%27sfoot+inkcap+%28Coprinopsis+lagopus%29+mature.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on November 03, 2013, 10:05:21 PM
Bugsnapz update, unknown Ichneumon wasp

This tiny Ichneumon wasp flew past me with its hind legs dangling underneath it. I thought it was an ichneumon but I had never seen one like this before. On equiring further I was advised by a friend from the 'animal toy forum' that there are approx. 2,400 species of ichneumonids in Great Britain. Hence the reason I can't name it but boy was I exicited on finding a new ichneumon I had never seen before. Enjoy and let me know if you know its name.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0DWWJD9Fdjk/UnbBe2QHlAI/AAAAAAAAAjs/ExDUE5L8jT8/s1600/Ichneumon+sp.jpg)

Check out the new sister site at http://fungisnapz.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on November 04, 2013, 09:25:17 AM
Yes, those parasitoid wasps are pretty but a nightmare to identify. In our courses in identifying animal species at our university we simply let our students identify these to family level because anything further than that isn't possible with the standard literature we are using.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on December 15, 2013, 07:04:37 PM
Another Bugsnapz picture.

I have put two pics of the Figwort sawfly on the Bugsnapz site so please check them both out. It gives this front view and a rear view. Enjoy.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s2k6JjHBLOs/UqxlZZf4pLI/AAAAAAAAAnA/lbfG_YCmzbg/s1600/Figwort+sawfly+%28Tenthredo+scrophulariae%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on January 12, 2014, 10:44:40 AM
Hi to all for 2014. Here is a picture to remind us all that Spring is just around the corner. Enjoy.

Bee cleaning wing (Andrena haemorrhoa)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iJ81S7BIhxY/UtJv6NezmBI/AAAAAAAAAnU/tNVZW0-Ke-4/s1600/Bee+cleaning+wing+%28Andrena+haemorrhoa%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on February 03, 2014, 07:42:01 PM
Another update to cheer you up. Cute spiders! Love them. Here is a cute orb spider trying to hide on a flower head of bright yellow broom. Enjoy.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H1EVg5Pr7PQ/Uu_s3kv3YGI/AAAAAAAAAoE/bl-3_FKSnHo/s1600/Orb+spider+on+broom1.jpg)

Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on February 05, 2014, 12:50:30 PM
Another update to cheer you up. Cute spiders! Love them. Here is a cute orb spider trying to hide on a flower head of bright yellow broom. Enjoy.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H1EVg5Pr7PQ/Uu_s3kv3YGI/AAAAAAAAAoE/bl-3_FKSnHo/s1600/Orb+spider+on+broom1.jpg)

Bugsnapz.

Very nice :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on February 05, 2014, 01:35:31 PM
Nice! :) This one belongs to the genus Araniella but I can't tell which species. It's either a male (but I can't see the pedipalps) or an immature specimen and even the adults would have to be identified by genital morphology to species level. But the pattern of black spots on the opisthosome is typical for e.g. Araniella cucurbitina. The opisthosome would turn greenish in adult specimens in spring.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on February 10, 2014, 08:32:30 PM
Thanks for the update Brontodocus. I will update the post in Bugsnapz.

Regards,

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on February 25, 2014, 09:15:07 PM
Bugsnapz update,

I do not know the name of this spider but was very impressed with how well you can see the joint structure and connection to the body. Amazing and it looks quite chilled too.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T4KvhShvEoc/Uw0DJun_otI/AAAAAAAAAok/wY0yaiNb9jM/s1600/Daddy+flat+legs.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz. PS don't forget to check out the Fungisnapz link on the main Bugsnapz page.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on February 25, 2014, 09:25:17 PM
Bugsnapz update,

I do not know the name of this spider but was very impressed with how well you can see the joint structure and connection to the body. Amazing and it looks quite chilled too.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T4KvhShvEoc/Uw0DJun_otI/AAAAAAAAAok/wY0yaiNb9jM/s1600/Daddy+flat+legs.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz. PS don't forget to check out the Fungisnapz link on the main Bugsnapz page.

Oh dear, that gives me the creeps!
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on February 25, 2014, 11:28:35 PM
Nice one! :) It's a harvestman and apparently it's Dicranopalpus ramosus which originally comes from Morocco but which is know widespread all over Europe. I've seen them outside of our house, too.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on February 26, 2014, 12:48:49 AM
Nice one! :) It's a harvestman and apparently it's Dicranopalpus ramosus which originally comes from Morocco but which is know widespread all over Europe. I've seen them outside of our house, too.

Do you know if that spread out pose is unusual, or indicative of some sort if behaviour? It strikes me as slightly odd...
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on February 26, 2014, 11:18:16 AM
It looks odd but it's typical for the species. When I find one on a house wall the legs are always stretched out like that, unlike other harvestmen species.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: tyrantqueen on February 27, 2014, 11:39:22 PM
Bugsnapz update,

I do not know the name of this spider but was very impressed with how well you can see the joint structure and connection to the body. Amazing and it looks quite chilled too.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T4KvhShvEoc/Uw0DJun_otI/AAAAAAAAAok/wY0yaiNb9jM/s1600/Daddy+flat+legs.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz. PS don't forget to check out the Fungisnapz link on the main Bugsnapz page.

Oh dear, that gives me the creeps!
Your dad must have nerves of steel >:D
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on February 28, 2014, 06:47:45 PM
Bugsnapz update,

I do not know the name of this spider but was very impressed with how well you can see the joint structure and connection to the body. Amazing and it looks quite chilled too.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T4KvhShvEoc/Uw0DJun_otI/AAAAAAAAAok/wY0yaiNb9jM/s1600/Daddy+flat+legs.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz. PS don't forget to check out the Fungisnapz link on the main Bugsnapz page.

Oh dear, that gives me the creeps!
Your dad must have nerves of steel >:D

I think he just uses a good zoom lens to get so close  ;)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on April 06, 2014, 05:58:41 PM
New Bugsnapz update, Millipede. Not sure which one but guessed at Cylinder millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus) which is just one out of around 450 in the family Julidae.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xCZsYm1KF18/U0GDOESVH1I/AAAAAAAAAo0/2VxoPmTeKJo/s1600/Cylinder+millipede+%28Julidae%29+sp.jpg)

I have been meaning to update my pictures for some time so here at last is the first of a few more from Bugsnapz.

Enjoy, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Newt on April 11, 2014, 03:01:04 PM
I registered just so I could tell you how much I enjoy your photos! 

It's especially interesting for me seeing all these European species- I'm from the eastern US, so everything looks very familiar, but not quite right.  I had the same feeling when I got to visit Japan a few years ago.  The patterns of faunal distribution in these wet north-temperate regions are fascinating.

It's a bit odd to me to hear you guys consider mantids rare (or were you just speaking of that particular species?). European and Chinese mantids are abundant over here, much more common than our native species.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on April 13, 2014, 11:24:49 AM
I registered just so I could tell you how much I enjoy your photos! 

It's especially interesting for me seeing all these European species- I'm from the eastern US, so everything looks very familiar, but not quite right.  I had the same feeling when I got to visit Japan a few years ago.  The patterns of faunal distribution in these wet north-temperate regions are fascinating.

It's a bit odd to me to hear you guys consider mantids rare (or were you just speaking of that particular species?). European and Chinese mantids are abundant over here, much more common than our native species.
The European Mantis, Mantis religiosa, may be a common sight in Southern Europe (e.g. Spain, Italy, Southern France, Greece) but further northward (from 46° N on) it's much rarer. There are only very few warm spots in Germany where it occurs (and it isn't even sure if it's an autochthonous occurence or if they have been accidentally introduced by the ancient Romans with grapevine). They are adapted to continental climate with hot summers and cold winters, in Germany and Britain the climate is more oceanic with a lower amplitude of temperature over the year. Especially the cooler, often rainy summers are not good for mantids.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on April 13, 2014, 10:57:33 PM
Hi Newt, Thanks you for your kind comments. I am pleased you like my pictures and thanks to Brontodocus for his great explanation. I can't say I have seen a mantis in England where I live. It took me some time to find them in Menorca as they are the same colour as the brush grass they hide in.
Here is one of the cutest insects I know. It is the Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and they look like a ball of brown fluff. They look menacing but they are quite harmless.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vEacXsUz77U/U0sB3PgXLvI/AAAAAAAAApI/QRbt_jtowTo/s1600/Beefly+side+on.jpg)
You will find a couple of them on the Bugsnapz web page along with all my other insect photo's at http://bugsnapz.blogspot.co.uk/

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on April 29, 2014, 09:16:13 PM
Bugsnapz update, a cute and cuddly tawny mining bee.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0suPW7dgvY4/U2AESWpSlxI/AAAAAAAAAqU/XbpO4kOpn0M/s1600/Tawny+mining+bee+%28Andrena+fulva%29.jpg)

I love these critters and yes they do look cute. Enjoy

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on April 30, 2014, 11:21:39 PM
I'm sure you are glad that spring is here and the insects will soon be coming out in force  :D
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on May 02, 2014, 02:00:40 PM
Nice shot! :) These mining bees can be horribly difficult to identify (there are approx. 130 Andrena species within Central Europe) but this one is an exception because there is no other species from that genus with the same colouration (I've just checked Bellmann 2010 "Bienen, Wespen, Ameisen" and yes, that's Andrena fulva).
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 09, 2014, 03:14:10 PM
Thanks Brontodocus, I'm glad I got the name right. I hope you like this weevil, they are yet another favourite of mine.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rz7H5j1L03U/U2zcP5OwouI/AAAAAAAAAqk/jNoFPwbMyCQ/s1600/Acorn+weevil+on+grass+%28Curculio+glandium%29.jpg)

I saw this out the corner of my eye and went to check as they are so small but with a pronotum like that they do tend to stand out a bit. It was very polite and let me take a few pics before it turned and walked back down the grass. Other smaller weevils usually just let go and drop to the floor and are difficult to see after that.

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on May 10, 2014, 09:45:59 AM
The weevil is nice, such a funny looking creature!
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 27, 2014, 09:02:26 PM
Bugsnapz update, two for one day today. Enjoy two beautiful damsel flies.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aqfMXbB9wNU/U4TqetHS57I/AAAAAAAAAq0/r_SQVvhFCDs/s1600/Banded+Damoiselle+damselfly.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fw3Y6g6tqyY/U4TsLqq_SRI/AAAAAAAAAq8/LVeGt5iDRH8/s1600/Common+blue+damselfly.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: widukind on May 28, 2014, 06:12:44 PM
Great pics  :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Newt on May 29, 2014, 02:30:54 PM
Ooh, nice!  Is that a Calopteryx up top?
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: animaltoyforum on May 29, 2014, 10:03:39 PM
Ooh, nice!  Is that a Calopteryx up top?

I believe so...but which species!?
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Newt on May 30, 2014, 07:32:37 PM
Not a clue. I don't know y'all's crazy Palearctic bugs!
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on June 08, 2014, 08:05:21 PM
Hi both, it is a Banded Damoiselle, Calopteryx splendens as far as I am aware.

Here is the latest Bugsnapz update, turn away now if you are a gardener!!

Winged aphid (Periphyllus acericola)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C5oSgr0tMOU/U5SwHuB5PdI/AAAAAAAAArY/iqRECN4EwIY/s1600/Winged+aphid+%28Periphyllus+acericola%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on June 27, 2014, 04:31:04 PM
This is just one of three updates to the Bugsnapz web site, please check the others out. There is a frog and a lizard from Ibiza to look at. Enjoy

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h3xKkW8zYMY/U62G2u11EnI/AAAAAAAAAsQ/wge1aDEyuj4/s1600/Harlequin+bug+%28Graphosoma+semipunctatum%29.jpg)

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on June 28, 2014, 11:02:41 AM
A beautiful bug! :) I've never seen it in the wild (it's a mediterranean species) but there is a closely related species from the same genus (Graphosoma) that occurs in Germany, too, the Italian Striped Bug Graphosoma lineatum. I'm not sure but I guess you may have it in Britain, too. Like some other insects that prefer warmer habitats, this one is currently expanding its geographical range northward. And this year is the first time we have it in our garden! :)

Here's Graphosoma lineatum from our home garden for comparison:

(http://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t31.0-8/10428230_10203351500766530_6430854923721300448_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 06, 2014, 09:25:44 PM
Hi Brontodocus, you are quite right about the other variation and I did relate this on the Bugsnapz site. I have not seen them in Britain myself. They are a beautiful colour for a bug, I like your picture too.
Regards, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 27, 2014, 10:33:35 PM
Bugsnapz update for Weevils. I just love weevils as you may know. The smaller ones can be difficult to find if you do not know where to look. Some are only as big as a pin head so you need to look hard to see them. A regular place you will find them are on the heads of stinging nettles. Although small they can move fast enough to get on the other side of a leaf and hide till your gone. The acorn weevil will be found close to Oak trees of course where the acorns are. If you check around the base of the tree the ones I have found are on grass stems but you need a keen eye to spot them.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rmYAg-ZQT60/U9VcBwuaASI/AAAAAAAAAsw/bdyeZV7IyCY/s1600/Figwort+Weevil+on+buddleia+%28Cionus+scrophulariae%29.jpg)

Good luck,

Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on July 27, 2014, 10:37:46 PM
I forgot to mention that my last posted picture is of a Figwort weevil (Cionus scrophulariae) I found in my back garden in England.

Check the Bugsnapz website to see the other weevils I have posted on there today.

Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on August 10, 2014, 09:38:39 PM
Hi y'all, here is a picture of a Poplar Hawk Moth (Laotho populae)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EGsWJUaHyaY/U-fUbj6xz1I/AAAAAAAAAtI/lgStIHFumhY/s1600/Poplar+Hawk+Moth.JPG)

Check out the Bugsnapz website for more info on this beast of a moth that I found recently.

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on August 31, 2014, 10:53:55 PM
Here is the caterpillar of an Elephant hawk moth. It changes into a moth similar to my last post. They are huge and slow moving but this is the first I have seen.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FPNhyobyCCY/VAOVh8M6MrI/AAAAAAAAAuA/mhf9HbHqR4U/s1600/Elephant%2BHawk%2BMoth%2BLarva%2Bhead%2Bshot.jpg)

Check out my Bugsnapz page to see the full size of this giant.

Enjoy, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 07, 2014, 09:01:39 PM
Latest Bugsnapz update, Burnished Brass moth (Diachrysia chrysitis). I thought it was a rolled up leaf until I looked closer. What a lovely disguise.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9pks8k5wL0I/VAy0kgejITI/AAAAAAAAAuo/fyfVQ_rQFbM/s1600/Burnished%2BBrass%2Bmoth%2B%28Diachrysia%2Bchrysitis%29.jpg)

Other pictures to come. Enjoy, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 07, 2014, 09:07:02 PM
And yet another Bugsnapz update. I hope you like this picture as much as I do. It has to be one of my favourites.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bo4MSwUu7jY/VAy4K2pkrVI/AAAAAAAAAu0/xYswJnoKmO0/s1600/Wasp%2Bon%2Bberries.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Newt on September 08, 2014, 05:56:02 PM
Very pretty! I think that's one of the Vespula species that's established over here as well; it looks awfully familiar, anyway.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 27, 2014, 03:27:48 PM
Hi Newt,
Thanks for your comment on the wasp. It does look like a vespula vulgaris but they are all quite similar. The German wasp vespula germanica looks very much like it but a bit hard to say from the side view.
Thanks, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on September 27, 2014, 03:30:59 PM
New Bugsnapz update. This is an unusual angle to see this bug but I think it ids useful to see thinks from a different viewpoint. I hope you like it.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IRfp9mmsMmA/VCbBO1BYHaI/AAAAAAAAAvE/bpTPcha9SRo/s1600/Green%2Bshield%2Bbug%2Bside%2Bon%2B%28Palomena%2Bprasina%29.jpg)

Enjoy this and other updates on Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on October 12, 2014, 04:24:59 PM
Hi all, here are a couple of different variations of Sawflies. I really like the alien type heads of these creatures.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IT_Xu0mAN9k/VDqYy0wpuYI/AAAAAAAAAvw/SsgUt2H91Lc/s1600/Sawfly%2B%28Dolerus%2Bnitens%29.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wsaNL905HDs/VDqYxNv_PpI/AAAAAAAAAvo/d73b0vUKaHs/s1600/Sawfly%2B%28Rhogogaster%2Bviridis%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on October 19, 2014, 04:42:30 PM
Hi all,

Here is a picture of one of my favourite wasps, The Hornet. I was out looking for fungi to photograph and on the way back to the car I spotted this beautiful creature. Don't you just love the colour of the eyes.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6GwUfkjdJ-g/VEPYOtdgeLI/AAAAAAAAAwA/l_Us1KFhc-4/s1600/Hornet%2Bon%2Bseed%2Bhead%2B%28Vespa%2Bcrabro%29.jpg)

Enjoy, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: Newt on October 19, 2014, 04:52:08 PM
Beautiful! Can't get enough hymenopteran photos.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on October 19, 2014, 11:46:31 PM
Wonderful! :) I've only seen a few this year. Too bad many people fear them, they are actually quite docile. :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on November 08, 2014, 04:16:18 PM
Thanks for your comments, it has been hectic at work hence no updates for some time. I hope you like this shot of a Ruddy Darter male close up. Worth going in full size to see the eyes on this guy.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f6OyHM0Oluc/VF49ajBVX2I/AAAAAAAAAwQ/7N__OE4oWnM/s1600/Ruddy%2BDarter%2Bmale%2B%28Sympetrum%2Bsanguineum%29.jpg)

Enjoy,

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on November 08, 2014, 10:15:52 PM
Wonderful detail in this photo, you can see individual ommatidia of the compound eye and also an ocellus just at the base of the left antenna! 8)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on November 18, 2014, 09:30:15 PM
Hi y'all,  Not an animal but one wierd fungi that I had never seen before last weekend. I thought you might like to see it.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m4ZHHMtq2Is/VGuzyvBtVFI/AAAAAAAAAwg/fNF7-G9DTjA/s1600/Stinkhorn%2B%28Phallus%2Bimpudicus%29.jpg)

Its full name is 'Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)'  At this stage the conical olive green head gives off a smell of drains which attracts the flies who will eat the green slime and leave a white honeycomb head. I hope you like it.

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on November 19, 2014, 05:57:56 PM
This is probably the most hilarious scientific name for an organism that's ever been established! ;D
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on November 23, 2014, 01:29:02 PM
Hi Brontodocus, I am glad you liked it. I guess scientists do have a sense of humour.  :))

Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on January 12, 2015, 08:56:28 PM
Sorry I have not been around but been ill for some time and then Xmas arrived.

I found these little beauties and could not resist taking the picture of them. I hope you like them,

Regards, Bugsnapz.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--15fSEd-r38/VLQw74CPLrI/AAAAAAAAAxI/PW5SGsyrvYc/s1600/Rustgill%2Bgroup%2B%28Gymnopilus%2Bdecipiens%29.jpg)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on March 29, 2015, 01:45:26 PM
Hi Y'all, I hope you like this latest picture of a crab spider. It took a lot of shots to get one that got the eyes and legs in focus at the same time  but was worth the effort. Enjoy.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VaWv3Hqyo9E/VRfwGuZTzrI/AAAAAAAAAyc/AMxU4QqwHpQ/s1600/Crab%2BSpider%2B%28Diaea%2Bdorsata%2Bsp%29.jpg)

Regards, Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on March 30, 2015, 10:57:20 AM
Great photo! :) Yeah, I guess this was not easy to achieve but it was well worth the effort! :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on April 21, 2015, 09:08:34 PM
Hi brontodocus, you are quite right. This spider was between two laurel leaves just about head hight. It took a lot of shots to get right.

Her is another Bugsnapz update of the popular Beefly (Bombylius major) there are a lot of them about just now.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L-_IPPIfyrY/VTapZ-3xAqI/AAAAAAAAAy0/Qh3TcLsYFAM/s1600/Beefly%2Bcloseup%2B%28Bombylius%2Bmajor%29.jpg)

They are such cute creatures and so fluffy and quite harmless. It is good to get out and about now the better weather is with us again.

Regards, Bugsnapz
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on April 23, 2015, 10:48:26 AM
Wonderful! :) Currently I'm guiding field trips for biology students to a beech forest and these are ubiquitous at the moment (several specimens per square metre) at the forest margin. But they disappear promptly as soon as the sun doesn't shine.
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on November 26, 2016, 04:15:17 PM
I haven't been around for a while because of illness, but I'm back on the scene now and planning to upload more photographs soon.

I've also just uploaded a Youtube video trailer for Bugsnapz!

https://youtu.be/XEl7g-M4YUk
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: brontodocus on November 26, 2016, 09:17:36 PM
I haven't been around for a while because of illness, but I'm back on the scene now and planning to upload more photographs soon.
I'm glad to see you're back and whatever it was, I hope you could already recover from it completely! :)
Title: Re: Bugsnapz
Post by: bugsnapz on May 13, 2017, 03:05:53 PM
 Lacewing (Nemoptera sinuata) vs red assassin bug (Rhinocoris iracundus)

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--LAHxX8Hb38/WLLyjVD7nNI/AAAAAAAAA_U/D_rRk7wZGnYo3Fikak3ZJsY8A_qTnut2gCEw/s1600/Beauty%2B%2526%2Bbeast%2B.jpg)