Readers’ wildlife photos

August 4, 2021 • 8:00 am

We’re running seriously low on readers’ photos. Just sayin’ . . . .

But today we have a nice set of insect photos (and one spider shot) by Alan Clark from Liverpool, England. His captions are indented and you can enlarge his photos by clicking on them.

I have lived here nearly 40 years, but I have never seen the first three species before this summer.

Swollen-Thighed Beetle, Oedemera nobilis. Only the males have those impressive thighs.

Malachite Beetle, Malachius bipustulatus:

Varied Carpet Beetles, Anthrenus verbasci:

This photo of Painted Lady Butterflies, Vanessa cardui, on Buddleja davidii, [the butterfly bush] is a composite made from the best of over 50 photos, most of which were inevitably out of focus. I was amused by the show-off bee in the bottom right corner!

A Marmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus. Four images were stacked together to give better depth of field.

A Green Shield Bug, Palomena prasina:

Another Hoverfly, Syrphus ribesii, with Cephalaria gigantea [the Giant Scabious]:

And finally some adorable newly hatched spiderlings on my wheelie bin, Araneus diadematus, the European Garden Spider. They are very different from the adults.

JAC: I’ve put a picture of the adults below (taken from Wikipedia): first a female, then a male:

4 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Beautifully done! The composite of the butterflies (or a single butterfly?) is especially clever.
    That same photographic trickery can also be done with birds at a feeder.

  2. Amazing photos. I love the baby spiders and the thoughtfully added pics of the adults by PCC(E).

    I wonder if the show-off bee is saying, “Oh, yeah, well, >>I<< can float like a butterfly, too…but I also sting like a…well, you know."

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