14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctate)

Propylea 14-punctata is entomophagous feeding on aphids, Aleyrodidae , Coccoidea, and on larvae and eggs of some beetles and butterflies. A female lays about 400 eggs. This is necessary as there is often a high mortality among the larvae. The beetles overwinter twice.

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Propylea 14-punctata

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Graphomya maculata

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Graphomya maculata

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Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

This moth is very similar to the related Pyrausta purpuralis, a slightly larger moth with a broad postmedian continuous band, usually divided into at least three yellow spots.

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Mint moth (Pyrausta aurata)

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Hazel Leaf-roller (Apoderus coryli)

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Andy Bull-Shetland

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Andrew Bull-Shetland grazing Falling Sands Nature Area

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Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

I photographed this large red damselfly this evening, one of many resting in an elder bush on Hoo Wood Ridge, far away from water. I wonder if these are from down on the marsh? In past years I have seen emperor dragonflies along Hoo Wood Ridge too.

 

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Ichneumonoids

Ichneumonoids are solitary insects, and the vast majority are parasitoids; the larvae feed on or in another insect until it finally dies. Most hosts are holometabolus insect larvae, but there are many exceptions. In general, ichneumonoids are host specific, and only attack one or a few closely related host species. Many species use polydnaviruses to suppress the immune systems of their host insects.

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Ichneumonoids

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