Another month of not being able to get out much! I don't seem to be having much luck with my health this year. First a prolonged illness in the first half of the year. Then, just as I was starting to get my fitness back, I tore my calf muscles and have been forced to spend most of the month resting my leg desparately hoping it will be fully healed before I fly out to Australia at the end of September. Very frustrating!!
As a consequence, the only photos I got this month were of insects either in my garden or the nearby Long Eaton gravel pits (neither of which involved much walking...or carrying large, heavy lenses).
Deerflies are one of my least favourite insects due to the nasty allergic reaction I get to their bites which leave me with large, painfully itchy sores for a couple of weeks. They do, however, have a couple of redeeming features. The most obvious of which is their beautifully-coloured, irridescent green-and-red eyes. The other point slightly in their favour is it is only the females that bite. Males feed entirely on nectar.
The nymphs of the resident Green Shieldbug colony on the yucca plant in my garden were maturing rapidly and by the end of the month a few had turned into adults.
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