Peacock Jumping Spider

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Early fall bugs
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3kame
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This beautiful crysalis will be a Monarch butterfly soon. Hopefully before it gets too cold.

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Bad guy weevil bug, of unknown specific type. So cute! Found on a car in the lot at work.

Hoverfly
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Hoverfly on Devil's-bit Scabious
Sericomyia (Arctophila) superbiens, visiting Devil's-bit Scabious on the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve.

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Blue damsel mating flight
Tandem mating flight of Common Blue Damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum).

Pond Skater
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Pond Skater
Unidentified species of Pond Skater or Water Strider, order Gerridae. Sorry, not a good picture - he was on the pond, I was on dry land... Need a bigger lens.

"Gerrids... are known to communicate by detecting and generating ripples in the water's surface. Both sexes use the ripples created by insects trapped in the surface tension to locate their prey." http://www.earthlife.net/insects/gerromorpha.html


There are three main frequencies found in ripple communication: 25 Hz as a repel signal, 10 Hz as a threat signal, and 3 Hz as a courtship signal. An approaching gerrid will first give out a repel signal to let the other water strider know they are in its area. If the other gerrid does not return the repel signal, then the bug knows it is a female and will switch to the courtship signal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerridae

Meadow Grasshopper
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puddleshark
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus), a male rubbing his legs against his wingcases to produce his song. You can hear Meadow Grasshopper stridulation - "buzzing with a rapid irregular pulse" - at www.orthoptera.org.uk

Ceriagrion tenellum
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puddleshark
Small Red Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum). Red eyes. Red legs. Red wing spots. "Prefers shallow, relatively warm acidic waters, occurring mainly at pools, seepages and small streams." Britain's Dragonflies - Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash.

Dingy Skipper
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puddleshark
Dingy Skipper
Erynnis tages, basking on the grassy ramparts of an Iron Age hillfort in Dorset. The caterpillars feed on Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa). Preferred habitat: rough-grazed grassland where the ground has been disturbed by cattle. Once a very common species in the UK.

"Unfortunately, numerous colonies have been lost in recent years, making this one of our most rapidly declining butterflies. The principal cause has been the 'improvement' of most ancient grassland for agriculture, which eliminates the butterfly's foodplants." The Butterflies of Britain & Ireland - Jeremy Thomas & Richard Lewington.

Hoverfly
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Hoverfly

Sphaerophoria maybe?

DANCE OFF
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drhoz
Found this as part of an interesting blog post about social behaviour in spiders. It's one of Otto Jurgen's videos about Peacock Spiders, although this species is more cryptic than most. It also has dance-offs against rival males :)



They're especially adorable waking up from their little sleeping bags in the morning :)

couple beetles and a damselfly
PIC - Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
3kame
Took a few photographs with my cell in the yard today:


Here's two green June Bugs in proliferation.

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It's a (possibly) juvenile Damselfly.

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