NEWS FROM THE MEADOWS 06.07.2020

in Fascinating Insects2 years ago

It's another hot & sunny day on the coastal meadows ...
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... the grass is tall ...
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... the bindweed is slowly crawling and spreading between the stems ...
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... adding some lovely flowers to the picture ... and then ...
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... a wild bee ... of some species unknown to me, lands on one of these fragile trumpets, to feed.
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Flowers are everywhere ...
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... small, wild flowers ... a variety of shapes and colors.
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These tiny, intense yellow stars ...
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... grow on an interesting succulent plant ...
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... on the seaside border of the meadow, where the terrain gets stony ... and the grass is much shorter.
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Here is another decorative flower from the tall grass.
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Butterflies are flying around, visiting the flowers.
Here is some fritillary species ... I wasn't able to see the pattern on the lower surface of the wings, so I don't know the exact species here.
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This colorful species resting in the relatively short grass not far from the sea ...
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is the Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)
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While many plants are still in bloom ... some of them are in fruits & seeds phase.
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These are the berries of the Smilax aspera ... that grows similarly to the bindweed ... but while the bindweed is gentle ... this plant is thorny, resilient ... and is hard to pass through dense barriers she often forms.
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The see pods of this plant similar to the cultivated Green Pea are cracking open ... making the colorful seeds visible ;D and photographable.
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Seeds of some grasses are also mature ... or almost ... here you can see (or almost :D)a shield bug nymph camouflaged on the ear of grass.
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From this angle, you can take a better look.
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Underneath the bug ... on the stem of grass ... the blister beetle Lytta vesicatoria is resting. This one is metallic green with a bit of copper shine ... and this is the most common color of this species ...
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... but some beetles here on the meadow, are shiny in an almost completely copper tone ...
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... shiny but almost invisible among the dried out stems.
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The moth with small narrow wings (I don't know the species) ...
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... is also quietly posing nearby.
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There is another interesting moth ... on the green leaf of grass ... underneath the dry stems.
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The Acontia trabealis is resting on the border of the Bindweed flower after feeding in the center of this floral trumpet.
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This small wild bee ... or some kind of wasp, I'm not sure ... was also photographed on the petals of this type of flower.
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The colorful Trichodes apiarius beetle ...
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... is feeding on the elegant carpet made of beautiful white florets - the Wild carrot flower.
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The brown planthopper (it looks like Issus coleoptratus, but I'm far from sure) ... is walking along the green stem of grass...
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... and this minuscule Lady beetle, the Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata is hidden on the lower surface of some large leaf ... on one of the many herbaceous plants mixed with grass.
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The thorny Scolymus hispanicus plant also grows here, near the sea. The lynx spider Oxyopes heterophthalmus is resting among the thorns ...
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... and this small crab spider, probably the Thomisus onustus male, is threatening my camera.
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A line of cypress trees is growing along one side of the meadow ... and the wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is taking the sunbath, camouflaged on the bark.
As always in these posts on HIVE, all the photographs are my work.

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The moth with small narrow wings (I don't know the species) ...

Fiery clearwing (Pyropteron chrysidiformis)

Great :) Thanks.

Great post!

These are very nice photos! You could make invisible insects very important and handsome!
Those wild flowers also become like elegant princesses! Live those tiny flowers! Those butterflies are just like exquisite dancers. You belong to a different world of tiny beings and invisible insects!

I really like your posts, I'm glad to be the first to comment on this post

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I'm someone with insect phobia. But I really like your photos. Is this a contradiction? :D

It is :D but humans are best defined by their contradictions, is quite normal. I have some kind of phobia regarding loud, crowded environments :D but still like some very loud concerts.

Butterflies are flying around, visiting the flowers.
Here is some fritillary species ... I wasn't able to see the pattern on the lower surface of the wings, so I don't know the exact species here.

Spotted fritillary (Melitaea didyma) ♀

Thanks :)

These are very great photography! Beautiful flowers bloom and pretty butterflies these are my favorite 😎😍

Thanks :) yes, flowers and butterflies are pure beauty.