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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Autumn Finds At Cromwell Bottom LNR by Gordon Jackson

Colin  and I went on a bug hunt round Cromwell Bottom on the 2nd. October. It was a mild and sunny day and very relaxing, even though I was being shown new Macro photography techniques. The photographs below are in a random order, not the order in which we found them. One or two of the photos are a little soft focus, but it seemed worth including them to show what is about at the moment. At the end of this post are four images not of bugs, two are fungi, the other two are for the love of nature.

 Harlequin Ladybird Lavae (Harmonia axyridis)

Hawthorn Shield Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

Hawthorn Shield Bug detail. 
Note the false eyes above the much smaller red, real ones. 
As with many insects, they serve as a protection against predators.

Birch Shield Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus)
A smaller relative of the Hawthorn Shield Bug. 
The adults are very common in early Autumn.

Kentish Garden Snail. (Monacha cantiana)
This is an introduced species, wide spread over England, less so 
in Wales and Scotland. The young have hairy shells which rub off over time.

Caddisfly - To Be Confirmed  - Family Limnephilidae

Black Caddisfly -  To Be Confirmed

14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata

Leafhopper (Cercopida)
I should have taken a 
shot from the side as well.

 Ladybird Pupae - possibly Harlequin or 7 Spot

Stage V Hawthorn Nymph (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

Common Harvestman (Paroligolophus agrestis)

Possibly Blushing Bracket (Daedaleopsis confragosa)
The pink tinge on  parts of the fungi seem indicative, along with it's location by water.
I found this between the Hawthorn Arch and the lagoon.

To Be Confirmed. This fungi was under a 
Silver Birch sapling on the aproach to the car park.

The Hawthorn Arch
This and the image below, are a reminder of how 
lovely nature is when we stop to look around us.

A seed head after the seeds have gone. 
Even then it has a special beauty of it's own.































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