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I don't know if regular readers will remember this moth...the Buff Tip...(it's back on page 10), one of the best camouflaged moths there is.

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At the time, I mentioned that the larvae were gregarious, and always stay together. Today, I found a newly hatched batch of larvae on Willow, (probably about a week old...each one is about a centimetre long) and took a couple of shots to show how they congregate together.

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...and when they've eaten that leaf, they all move off in convoy to the next one.

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I've moved this batch of larvae to a Willow nearer my office at work, so I can keep an eye on them....will post more as they develop.

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I went to london zoo last week and got a few shots in the butterfly section

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My wife & I managed to get a bit of gardeneing done today - whilst mowing the lawn I spotted this little chap crawling long at the base of the wall next to the lawn. I think it's a Great Crested Newt but I'm hoping that someone can confirm this for me? I've never seen one of these before & never knew they lived up north in Yorkshire. I'm pretty sure it's a protected species but thought is was more of a southern species? I've no idea if this one is fully grown or not but you can just make out a crest beginning to form along its back. It was mainly black in colour with a black/white throat but its belly was a seriously bright fiery orange. It was getting a bit pee'd off with me taking photos (hence the open mouth) so I left it alone & it crawled under our garden tool store - could it be hibernating under there, looking for some grub or just looking for a bit of shelter?

Apologies for the last photo - I was trying to take a photo of its belly but I didn't like to hold it too long & it wasn't happy about being held at all.

I'm looking forward to someone more knowledgeable than me commenting on this one :)

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Yep...it's a Great Crested newt...looks like a juvenille...the adults are about 4-5" long. Only the male has the crest, and only in the breeding season (mid spring-early summer). He also develops a pale electric blue stripe along his tail. The female has no crest.

More info here Take note of the bit in red at the bottom of the piece.

...and lots more pics here....

https://www.google.c...UoAQ&gws_rd=ssl

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Thanks Roger you've confirmed what I thought, I didn't handle him for any longer than it took to take the photo & as far as I know he's still happily resting/kipping/hibernating under my garden shed. I've no idea where he came from though as we've no deep still water near us that I'm aware of :huh: There is a beck close by but I wouldn't have thought this suitable for egg laying (too fast moving) & I wonder just how far he'd crawled before I saw him? :)

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They will quite happily breed in a garden pond if the conditions are favourable....we had Great Crested and Smooth newts in our garden pond for years. And we have them in the pond at work too.

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...continuing Williams idea of making up plausible Latin names, here's a specimen of 'Spectabilis horribilus'......:lol:
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It's actually a Dragon Fly nymph. I was doing a bit of pond dipping to see what was about, and along with the usual newts and other beetles, this was in the net. Safely returned to emerge as a beautiful insect in a few weeks time.
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2 hours ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Caught basking in the sun today....a Comma butterfly...
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No, that's a butterfly, period. I just get worse and worse. :laugh:

Later,
William

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This Maybug or Cockchafer as it's also known flew in the window the other night...this is a male with his characteristic venetian blind like antennae. This is the third largest beetle we have in the UK after the Stag beetle and the Great Diving beetle.

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Heard a buzzing in the greenhouse at work, and discovered an embryonic wasp's nest being built under a shelf. Thankfully, I was able to get rid of it before it developed any bigger, but before it was completely removed, a few pics were taken.

This was the nest under the shelf...Although undesirable as a wasp's nest is, you cannot help but marvel at the way they use different coloured woods to make the pulp that is their building material...this gives the outside a unique 'marbled' effect.This was suspended by a single stalk.
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The entry hole...
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These next pics were taken using the 'magnifyer' on my phone, and are much more close up. These show the start of the comb, which is similar to a bee's honeycomb in that it is composed of hexagonal cells. Here, you can see the capped cells that contain the next adults, which are pupating at the moment, and the fully grown wasp grubs that will shortly have their cells capped to do the same. (sorry for the long, thin pics...I should have cropped them first)
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Here it is again, from the top. You can see the first four cells are empty in the middle, which was where the first workers developed..these would have been fed by the queen. In fact, there were only those four plus the queen in the nest when I disturbed it. You can see how quickly a colony builds up as more and more workers are produced...it must be like an exponential curve. There's 17 capped cells which will be the next workers, followed by the next 17 grubs that can be seen. As the nest increases in size, so do the combs. In a well developed nest, there can be several of these combs, each a foot or so across, separated from each other by tiny pillars of pulp, and contain many thousands of individuals.
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Here's a grub and a pupating adult from the comb.....anglers love wasp grub as bait, and I've dug loads of nests up and used them for fishing...chub love 'em!
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In this pic you can see the eggs that the queen has laid in the outermost cells at the bottom.

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From the shape of its body, ie. long and thin, it's a 'Hawker'. Unfortunately, excellent as your pics are, no colours are apparent, apart from a dull yellowish in the second shot. We tend to have three types here in the UK...Hawkers, which are the usual ones you see in beautiful colours, usually blue, emerald green, or brown,....Chasers, which are short and squat...the males being bright electric blue, and the females yellowish, and the Darters, much smaller and usually red in colour. 

The Damsel and Damoiselle flies belong to a different order.

This site will help with ID....
http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/uk-species

You guessed it...these days, there's a site for everything.....!

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From the shape of its body, ie. long and thin, it's a 'Hawker'. Unfortunately, excellent as your pics are, no colours are apparent, apart from a dull yellowish in the second shot. We tend to have three types here in the UK...Hawkers, which are the usual ones you see in beautiful colours, usually blue, emerald green, or brown,....Chasers, which are short and squat...the males being bright electric blue, and the females yellowish, and the Darters, much smaller and usually red in colour. 

The Damsel and Damoiselle flies belong to a different order.

This site will help with ID....
http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/uk-species

You guessed it...these days, there's a site for everything.....!

That's strange....my edit has run out very quickly....it used to be there all the time...hey ho...here's a few pics of some that have come my way...
A blue hawker...
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and a red darter..
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...and PB is playing up again and not rendering the pics......bugger!

 

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Thanks Rog :notworthy:

I'd say you're right, he was definitely brown and quite a big fella.  Here's a couple of shots with a little more light on him..

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It seems to be a good match with a Norfolk Hawker from your site.  He had bright green eyes and no blue on him.  Interestingly, their description is:

"Endangered. In South-east England.  Brown with a yellow triangle on S2 and bright green eyes.  Wings clear other than a small orange suffusion at base."

http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/hawkers-and-similar-species

If it is one of them, they are thriving in south west Essex!

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