Here’s a selection of lovely insect photos from reader Mark Jones. Stay tuned for his next contribution, “The storks return to England”! Mark’s notes and IDs are indented:
A few more macros, this time a variety of shield type bugs. They are pretty strange looking beasts but as usual the complexity revealed at the macro level is fascinating.
The first four are forest bugs (Pentatoma rufipes). I think the different colourings are because they are at different stages of development. These are commonly found wandering on the leaves of oak trees and similar foliage.
The fifth photo is a dock bug (Coreus marginatus).