A Bug’s Life

Common Green Shieldbugs are (as the name suggests) quite common where I live. If you met a brand new one and an adult you’d be forgiven for thinking they were different kinds of bugs. They change a lot as they grow. They have multiple moults where they shed their exoskeleton to reveal the next stage…… Continue reading A Bug’s Life

Little Green Bugs

I have been seeing a little green bug around in the garden over the last few months. He really liked the Knapweed when they were flowering. I’d see him on them pretty much every time I went out there. I believe he is a Potato Capsid Bug (Closterotomus norwegicus). Despite his name he seems more…… Continue reading Little Green Bugs

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

I’ve spent ages pondering what photos to choose for the weekly challenge this week, veering from one angle to another. In the end I’ve gone for three quite different photos showing both actual depth and depth of field. In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Depth.”

Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist (2)

I managed to get out today in a brief spell of sunshine and one of the photos I took is another good candidate for the ‘minimalist’ theme of this week’s weekly photo challenge. I spotted this bug sitting on the barbed wire fence and managed to grab a shot of him just sat there contemplating the world.…… Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist (2)

Shieldbug Secrets

  Did you know that both these photos are of the same species of Shieldbug (Palomena prasina – the Common Green Shieldbug)? No? Neither did I until fairly recently when I discovered “instars” – these are phases the bug goes through between moults. So it moults off its exoskeleton and inside is a slightly more…… Continue reading Shieldbug Secrets

Pottering in the Garden

I managed to finish work a little early today so had a quick look around the garden to see what was going on… I was pleased to see that my little Lavender bush is flowering and had a bee visiting: The Buff-Tip Moth caterpillars have grown loads since the last time I photographed them: And…… Continue reading Pottering in the Garden

Flower Bug

I took these photos a couple of days back when I spotted this bug on our little Willow tree. I thought he was pretty. Then last night I was going to blog him, but spent ages instead trying to work out what he was! Finally today I have figured it out and I can now…… Continue reading Flower Bug