I am enjoying my really cheap, special offer digital camera so much because it makes me really look at ordinary, boring little thingies that I have always ignored until now. How about these which I found on a little patch of what I used to call 'dog daisies'?
Spiders are my worst horrors but this one is so pretty. There are hundreds of them in the field where we walk Utopie.
I had thought this was one of those wasps which prey on spiders, it is very small and slim, but now I think it is a bee.
and a furry beetle?
and finally, a pretty ordinary polka dotted beetle.
Puts a new perspective on the world, doesn't it Anne? I'm sure it is a bee, really tricky to know which when they have their wings closed over their backs.
This may help with your beetles, left to right.
Oxythyrea funesta (Poda), Tropinota hirta (Poda), Tropinota squalida (Scopoli)
Thank you very much Chris. I am pretty certain that Oxythyrea funesta (Poda), is my "polka dot" beetle, I found a pic of one, also on a dog daisy, almost identical to my pic (only bigger and much better and clearer). I am still looking for the "hairy beetle", I think it could be Tropinota hirta (Poda), although mine seems to be a bit hairyer (is there such a word?) than the examples I have found. Both seem to be pests in orchards etc. I am not even trying with the bee, it could be any one of thousands. My favourite is still the spider, I think it is a disc spider because I have seen some in their webs and they have a flattish disc in the centre about the size of a one euro piece. I am still looking for the exact one, none of those I found are as prettily marked as mine. Hell, I am retired, what else do I need I to do.
I am not sure why I am finding the little beasties more fun, probably because they are not running away whilst I am still fumbling to find the camera like the sanglier we saw a couple of weeks ago or the couple of roe deer we startled in the woods last week.
Oy.............I am not ordinary, and I'm better looking than that hairy fellow.!
Signed, a Polka-Dot beetle.
Perspective is an interesting thing, don't you think?
moya wrote:Funny, but I was sure this was the receptionist at the doctor's surgery, you know, the one you have to get past to see the doctor!
Wait until you get to France Moya, you will see that the doctors don't waste money on receptionists but do (or try to do) it all themselves. It is why a consultation takes so long - it is all the 'phone calls he has to take and appointments he has to make in the middle of it..
That's a very neat beastie Chris, is it a stag beetle and did you take the pic yourself?
It's a Lesser stag beetle, Anne, and as I had it in my hand I just couldn't resist the head view, it doesn't look real but it is.
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