I like to give things names …

I like to find the names of things. I’m not usually satisfied to title a photo ‘blue flower’ or ‘some kind of insect’. I like names. Sometimes it takes me ages to figure out what something is called, scouring various websites trying to match my plant or creature to one described.

Here are some of the things I’ve had to find names for over the last year. Most of them are things that were new to me this year, or if I’d seem them before I hadn’t found out what they were called. It’s always surprising that even though I generally stick to visiting the same areas again and again, I can still find something new!

By the way if you think any of my IDs are incorrect, please let me know – I’m always learning 🙂

Turkeytail Fungus (Trametes versicolor)
Turkeytail Fungus (Trametes versicolor)
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Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea)
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Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon)
Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar
Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar
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Black Darter dragonfly (female)
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Black Darter dragonfly (male)
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Emerald Damselfly (male)
Sand Wasp
Sand Wasp
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Pale Toadflax (Linaria repens)
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
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Silver Y Moth (brown colour form) – Autographa gamma
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Buff Footman Moth

 

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Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata)
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Bumblebee-mimicking Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans)
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Lacewing
Six-Spot Burnet Moth caterpillar
Six-Spot Burnet Moth caterpillar

 

4-spotted Chaser
4-spotted Chaser dragonfly
Green Hairstreak butterfly - Callophrys rubi
Green Hairstreak butterfly – Callophrys rubi
Green Tiger Beetle
Green Tiger Beetle
Bogbean
Bogbean
Thistle Tortoise Beetle - Cassida rubiginosa
Thistle Tortoise Beetle – Cassida rubiginosa
Yellow Ophion
Yellow Ophion

If you find yourself trying to identify a plant or creature, here are some really useful websites to help you. These are only relevant if you’re in the UK. I’m sure there are equivalent websites elsewhere though.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Names. I went a little off topic as it said:

This week, share a photo that includes a name… Whatever you choose, make sure we can read the name!

No actual names visible in my photos I’m afraid, but they do have names 🙂

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Beetle Lovin’

Yesterday in a walk around the village, it became apparent that this is a time of love and affection in the insect world. Wherever we looked there were beetles of various sorts ‘getting it on’! It was quite fascinating.

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These 24-spot Ladybirds chose a lovely romantic location on a Bluebell bud
These Dock Leaf Beetles were of course on a Dock leaf. These are one of the strangest beetles I've come across - the female swells up like this full of eggs which makes her look very odd!
These Dock Leaf Beetles were of course on a Dock leaf. These are one of the strangest beetles I’ve come across – the female swells up like this full of eggs which makes her look very odd!
This little Weevil was passing while I was taking photos, and he looked curious and a little confused. In my mind he's saying "Mummy, what are the big beetles doing?!!"
This little Weevil was passing while I was taking photos, and he looked curious and a little confused. In my mind he’s saying “Mummy, what are the big beetles doing?!!”
Poor Weevil was so confused he tried to look at things from a different angle! :)
Poor Weevil was so confused he tried to look at things from a different angle! 🙂
Another pair of 24-spot Ladybirds chose a simple blade of grass for their romantic interlude
Another pair of 24-spot Ladybirds chose a simple blade of grass for their romantic interlude
And finally, these 7-spot Ladybirds were also in an amorous mood back in the garden
And finally, these 7-spot Ladybirds were also in an amorous mood back in the garden

Spring-fever is definitely in full flow at the moment, and we have lots of babies to look forward to. Not just insects – there are birds nesting too, and we are often seeing baby rabbits when driving out of the village too.

 

Early arrivals in the pond

Our pond, though not full, is already attracting lots of life. I’m not convinced some of it really intended to be in there, but even so, it is already a very interesting place to visit.

Different coloured Ground Beetles considering a future together on their rock island
These beetles were living on a temporary island made from a rock. Their island wasn’t going to survive for long, as we had the sudden realisation that there was a water-butt full of rain water just waiting for us to top up the pond with it.
Pond Skater who has moved in from his temporary home in the wheelbarrow
The Pond Skater has now moved in from his temporary home in the wheelbarrow, and seems quite content in the pond
Spider who seems quite at home messing about in the pond
This Spider seems quite at home messing about in the pond and despite my first thought that he was unable to get out, he seemed to be able to come and go as he pleased … and just liked it in there 🙂
Peculiar thing waving its tail at me
I’ve no idea what this peculiar thing waving its tail at me might be. Some kind of larva maybe? He seemed happy sitting on a rock in the pond.
Non-specific beetle beating a hasty retreat up my helpfully placed twig
This unknown beetle decided to beat a hasty retreat up my helpfully placed twig, as it realised the water level was rising, and the rock island was shrinking.
Ground Beetle contemplating the future
The shiny Ground Beetle stayed on the rock island until the bitter end, contemplating the future, until it was assisted out of harm’s way. The island is now under water.
Weevil observing the pond water from a rock
A tiny weevil observed the rising pond water from another rock, before making himself scarce before he came into any danger

Wasp Beetle with Attitude

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This tough-looking creature was spotted in the garden yesterday evening. He wasn’t phased at all that Bruce tried to catch him in a plastic pot, and just looked up at me with this “what you looking at?” kind of attitude! He is a very nice specimen of a Wasp Beetle – very striking and colourful, with long legs. After a few photos he was returned to his bit of wood, where he proceeded to clean the human off him with great care! 🙂

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Dog Roses

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There’s a little clearing down the road where there are often bugs to be seen, but there are also some lovely Dog Roses. This photo is looking closely into the heart of the flower at the stamens. In this case the flower was unoccupied, but often you’ll find they have beetles on board. Is it me, or do those beetles look strangely strokable and furry!?

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