Today I spent some time on the outskirts of the village that goes by the name of Mutvoran, on the meadows in front of the first line of houses that form a compact medieval type of settlement with the parish church in its center.
In this opening photograph, you can see a blurred fragment of Mutvoran as part of the background. That's all that you'll see of that village in today's insectocentric post. If this intro triggered your curiosity and you would like to see and know more about Mutvoran, here is a link to one of my older posts that can lead you into the historic village :
And now, let's continue with the insects 🙂
The post started with the bindweed flower. Here you can take a better, macro look at that flower ...
... and the fly that was enjoying its nectar.
This is the Syrphus ribesii, one of quite a few wasp-mimicking hoverflies from the Syrphidae family. The larvae feed on aphids, the adults consume nectar.
Syrphidae is a varied and colorful family. Flies from this family come in many shapes, colors, and mimicking strategies. Here you can see another Syrphidae species.
This is the Ferdinandea cuprea. Larvae have been observed feeding on sap wounds made by other insects on the trunks of oak trees. It seems that not much is known about the larval stage of this species. As you can see in these photographs, the adults like the nectar.
Some flowers had holes in their petals. It was clear that they were partially eaten. But by who? Or what?
Soon I found an answer. Or more like one of the answers because I'm pretty sure that quite a few species like to feed on those juicy petals.
A small bushcricket nymph was chewing the flower.
This is the juvenile version of the Phaneroptera nana from the Tettigoniidae family.
Twenty or so maters further, I soon encountered another fly. I mean, two flies. Of the same species. I can't tell you the exact species, but I'm absolutely sure that these two small flies are members of the genus Cerodontha in the Agromyzidae family.
By their posture, it looked like these were two males confronting each other or a male and a female in some kind of ritual that precedes the mating. I don't know enough about Agromyzidae to tell you what exactly is going on here, but these flies were up to something.
This moth was photographed on the ivy that was covering the old, drystone wall on the edge of an abandoned homestead outside the compact village. Acleris variegana is the name of the species. The family is Tortricidae. The moth in the following photograph ...
... was photographed on another plant that formed the dense growth near the wall.
The Cornus sanguinea.
This is a moth from the Erebidae family. Dysauxes famula is the name of the species.
Not far from there, on the ivy again, I found this weevil. The Otiorhynchus cardiniger. A beetle from the Curculionidae family. After taking this photograph ...
... I noticed a young, relatively small female of the European green lizard (Lacerta viridis).
This insect-oriented post started with a generic shot with no insects in the picture and is ending with a lizard. Fortunately, I provided quite a few insects in between 😀so I think that the thing will fit the Insects Of The World Community quite well.
AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.