July 2008

Part 3 : Insects

Butterflies were still quite thin on the ground, even species such as Common Blue and Small Skipper were not particularly numerous...

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Anglesey, Wales

Small Skipper (Thymelicus flavus) - Anglesey, Wales

6-spot Burnet is one of the most common and conspicuous of the day-flying moths.

6-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

July is also a month where many of the dragonflies start to emerge. The most abundant of which is the Common Darter.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum)

The distended plate on the front foreleg of male Digger Wasps is used as secondary sexual organ that allows the male to get a better grip on the female during mating.

male Slender-bodied Digger Wasp (Crabro cribrarius) - Anglesey, Wales

There are 41 species of spider-hunting wasps in Britain. As their name suggests, they all actively hunt spiders which are paralysed and buried to act as a living larder for the wasp's larvae.

Spider-hunting wasp (Anoplius infuscatus) with paralysed wolf spider (Xerolycosa miniata) - Anglesey, Wales

In the dunes, I also witnessed a battle between two miniature predators. In this case, the spider emerged the victor.

Unidentified spider (Xysticus sp.) killing a Common Harvestman (Phalangium opilio) - Anglesey, Wales

One of Britain's most distinctive insects. The huge jaws on the Green Tiger Beetle make it a fearsome predator and it can deliver quite a painful bite if provoked. July is getting a bit late for Green Tiger Beetles. Their main period of adult activity is in the spring.

Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris) - Anglesey, Wales

unidentified Robberfly (Asilidae sp.) probably a Fan-bristled Robberfly (Dysmachus trigonus) - Anglesey, Wales

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