The Arthropods were by far my biggest photographed subject this year. In fact I think if I posted them all I would probably not see the Christmas Holiday. So here are just a few of my best and most interesting ones (well for me).
Loved the beauty of this Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle… An ambition in 2015 is to see the illusive Bog Bush Cricket. I’ve tried ages to see one. I did manage to see a Speckled Bush Cricket….. For me this is a real stunning creature, with that skull shaped head and those eye like orange spots on its back. Its called a Nomada lathburiniana. Leaf Beetle (Sermylassa halensis)…. I think this might be my best macro photos this year (Roll on..next year.. when I should get my Canon MP-E65 f2.8 1-5X Macro lens) This is a Phasia hemiptera…. Hornets, these gave me some good photo opportunities this year. Note the SWT Barn Owl nest box being used as a Hornet Nest Box. Found it interesting how they hang off things (in this case a berry) using its legs and wings, while it eats its prey…bottom photo… I found this a really interesting subject – 3 Hoverfly Mimics… Top – Volucella bombylans, a Red-tailed Bumblebee Mimic. Middle – Volucella bombylans, a White-tailed Bumblebee Mimic. Bottom – Volucella inansis, a Hornet Mimic. 2 species of Longhorn Beetles… Top – Two-banded Longhorn Beetle Bottom – Four-banded Longhorn Beetle… This Small Solitary Bee took ages to ID, but it finally did, its a well worn or ageing Megachile… An everyday species now, but I’ve never appreciated the beauty of a Common Earwig before. This one was sitting on top of one of the many insect signs on Highgate Common…. A little bit rarer than the normal Cardinal beetle, this one is called the Black-headed Cardinal Beetle.. Really getting into Sawflies now, this species is the Green Sawfly (Rhogogaster viridian)…. If you have time look this beetle up, and read about its gruesome lifestyle. This one only has 3 mites on it, but they can usually be totally covered with them (Nightmare Stuff). Its called a Sexton Beetle.. What a great name for this species of beetle. Its the aptly named – Thick-legged Flower Beetle… Noon Fly… This is a very small Sap Beetle… Finally – not everyones favourite creatures, but here are 2 spider species, both on the Heather. I think they are both Beauties myself…. Top – Orb Weaver Spider (Araneae). Bottom – Spider (Metellina segmentata/mengei)…. Hope you enjoyed just a small flavour of my Arthropod photos. I know I had many hours of pleasure this year taking them. Next time 2014 Butterfly Highlight