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Here is a blue butterfly in Butterfly World in the Isle of Wight.



Black and white one



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It's been a long time since I posted here, and such a shame that the majority of the pics have disappeared due to Photobucket, but hopefully, we can start again, and, as I have all my PB pics saved, can gradually start to re-post. In the past, I have shown pics of various beetles found in the UK, and today I found one of our largest, the Great Diving beetle, Dytiscus marginalis. Only the Stag beetle, and the Great Silver Diving beetle (very rare) are bigger. This is a ferocious predator in ponds, both the adult and the larva. The adults are about  11/2 inches ( 4cm) long. Below are some pics of a male ( the males have suckers on their front pair of legs), and a vid showing the larva attacking a dragonfly nymph.



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Just back from Portugal again, and was beginning to think it was too late in the year to see any interesting insects, but on the very last day, just as we were leaving the villa to go to the airport at 6.00 am, I spotted this small, brownish green Praying mantis on the wall, and quickly took some shots before leaving.




At first, I thought it was the same as a similar sized one I found several years ago...but this one is slightly different. Although it's a fully adult (it has wings) male, it doesn't have the same coloured hind wings that the former one did. That one was quite spectacular...


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A shame PB has deleted a lot of shots in this thread.

Heres a couple of mine to bring the standard down. 3e7d0f54fddd145ab1114482bfa54c3d.jpg1c1a4d976a31f91fbc0d02e5558dd56c.jpg

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It's time to start re-populating this thread with some new pics. These are all the ones from my flora and fauna album that I had on Photobucket. I've now downloaded it and can post them again. I'll start with beetles, then move on to other species.

The largest beetle we have in the UK is the Stag beetle, closely followed by the Great Diving beetle (see above) and the Cockchafer. Only the male Stag has the large mandibles, the female has smaller, but much more powerful ones.


Female Stag.



Cockchafer and its larva. This is the male with its venetian blind like antannae.



The beautiful Rose chafer...

The Dung or Dor beetle...


The Lily beetle. These are a real nuisance if you have Lilies or Fritillaries growing in the garden. The larvae, which cover themselves with their own excrement, will decimate the leaves if not removed. The red adults make a squeaking sound if handled.


And finally, a couple from abroad, both from Menorca.

A Rhinocerous beetle, and a large, orange weevil type of beetle.




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This post is going to be about insect camouflage. It never ceases to amaze me how they have evolved over the millennia to be able to blend in with their surroundings completely, and some of the effects are stunning. Please post your shots too! 

Starting with caterpillars, the Hawk moth larvae have evolved to blend in with their food plants until they almost disappear. This is the larva of the Eyed Hawk moth which although pretty large when fully grown, has evolved to mimic the underside of the Willow leaves it feeds on, even having stripes in its flanks to resemble the leaf veins...

The Buff Tip moth is another that has great camo. This looks, to all intents and purposes, like a broken Birch twig. 

When I was in Portugal a few years ago, I was amazed at how loud the Cicadas sang during the day. Trying to find one to photograph, proved a little frustrating, as A. They are great ventriloquists...the sound appears to come from one place, but the insect is probably several feet away from where you think it is, and B. When at rest they blend in to the tree trunk as if they were part of it.

Finally, for now...we've all seen stick insects and know what they look like, but this chap has to take the prize! How long has it taken to evolve the shape, the brown bits round the edges, the veining that make this leaf insect the master of disguise?


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