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Papi Jo

There are less and less interesting insects about, so it’s kind of re-assuring to spot them in the garden. They are not all as nice-looking or friendly to the plants, but here there are…

Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) on (Senecio cineraria ‘Silver Dust’) foliage.

Juvenile stage (instar 5) of Nezara viridula bug.

Vanessa atalanta, the red admiral butterfly on Echinacea purpurea JS® 'White Prairie'

Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) on Eucryphia x nymansensis flower.

Dovefromabove

Gorgeous Papi Joe ... haven't seen a Cinnabar Moth caterpillar for a few years now ... the numbers are declining rapidly ... probably due to the war being waged on ragwort which is their main food plant.

Same here Dove - lovely pictures Papi Joe and we don't see so many insects here either - when I was a child Cinnabar moth and caterpillar were very intriguing to me and plentiful but not so now.  On our "common" near the beach we do see quite a few insects.

josusa47

Thank you for sharing these. The second one conjured up the memory of sitting on a train admiring a green shield bug that was crawling on the window, when a woman sitting opposite casually leant across and crushed it with a matchbox. My impulse was to rebuke her but I thought I'd probably be banging my head against a brick wall, and I'd have felt even angrier. 

I haven't seen cinnabar moths and caterpillars for ages either but this year we have LOADS of them up on the downs.  There are plenty of ragwort plants, too, though you have to be careful of these if animals graze there.

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I agree Posy, the ragwort is classed as a noxious weed here and has to be destroyed by the landowner.  I remember it growing quite freely when I was a child - hence the abundance of the above caterpillar and moth.

Obelixx

Lovely photos.  Never seen a cinnabar moth so had to look it up.

Most of the butterflies and insects around here move far too fast for me to see what they are.  I shall try my camera instead.

pansyface

VERY GOOD PHOTOS THERE. VERY PROFESSIONAL LOOKING.

HERE IS ONE OF A MOTH ON THE WINDOW PANE LAST NIGHT.

WHAT IT LACKS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE IT HAS IN ATMOSPHERE, I THINK.

 

Dovefromabove

And from an angle not often seen ... 

pansyface

THE LITTLE ROUND BLACK EYES WERE IN FACT IRRIDESCENT RED, WHICH MADE IT LOOK EVEN MORE LIKE AN ALIEN.

Yes, that is an interesting angle pansyface - it does look like an alien TRYING TO GET IN!!

Attaching one or two pictures we have taken recently - I hope you don't mind us adding onto your thread Papi Jo?

The first is a Jersey Tiger Moth - do you get them in the U.K?  We have one or two in our front garden every summer - they love attaching themselves to the windows or masonry of the house for hours at a time.
The second picture isn't too clear and we can't decide if it is a Broom Moth or Pine Hawk moth (it was under the pine trees), can anyone help us to identify it?

I see 1 or 2 tiger moths each year - South coast of Isle of Wight. 

Jacqueline29

Here are a handful of insects that I have had in my garden, and had the fortune of capturing on my camera. 

scroggin

Quite a bit of ragwort growing on the North Downs where we live. After seeing the initial post we found quite a few Cinnabar Moth caterpillars while out with the dog.

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That's a beauty H.H. what type is it - I don't recognize it.

Obelixx

Great creepy crawly photos.  Must go out with my camera and be a bit more observant.  We have some ragwort in our paddock so I'll check that too before I pull it up to make it safe for its new tenants - 3 horses.

Papi Jo

Of course this thread is open for all to post their pics of insects, preferably with their ID (when known).

Thanks to all and esp. to Dove, DG2 and PANSY for their kind comments. More macrophotos of insects  to be seen on my photo site at http://www.rezeau.org/wp-photo/en/welcome/

The hapless herpetologist's pics of dragonfly might be one of the Aeshna family. I have lots of dragonflies and damselflies on my photo site and, for the curious, a slide-show of  a Downy Emerald dragonfly metamorphosis at http://www.rezeau.org/wp-photo/en/downy-emerald/

Hope we'll get more insects pics in this thread. Despite the war waged on the little critters by MONSANTO et al.

nutcutlet

Common Darter I think

hoverflies in a poppy

Rose Sawfly