I am not normal. And I’m perfectly okay with that.
So I found some bees living in a wall between my flat and work.
I ended up late arriving to work trying to get my phone camera to work properly, and the bees to sit still long enough.
I might ID them at some point.
Original picture for once, found this resting at work a few days ago. I think it’s a Dot moth, Melanchra persicariae, however the identifying “dot” was a bit different than archive specimens. Whether this is just a case of regional or individual variation, or infact I’ve identified it incorrectly, time will tell.
I ended up moving it away from work and let it go somewhere that moths are often found, under a dark bridge, away from most predators, (except spiders).
Argiope savignyi, an orb weaver spider that can be found in the Caribbean. Note the silver abdomen, caused by pigments found in the exoskeleton, similar to Jewel beetles and bugs. They eat bats of all things, amongst other more common preys such as insects.
They were never seen again.
I wonder if the owners nearby got rid of them out of ignorance/stupidity.
Whilst styling my hair I noticed a flicker by the window. Found this little creature struggling to get out. I quickly took a few pics then set it free.
Same Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, note that urticae from the species name is also the nomenclature for stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), which this eats.
Two Tipulidae mating that I spotted on a wall. There was an additional 3rd lone individual as well which looked to be missing 3 of its legs, but I didn’t take any pictures.
Yes, technically my tumblr now has insect sex on it.
A Wood Tiger moth. Not to be confused with the Tiger Wood[s] golfer :P
Who says scientists don’t have a sense of humour…?
Answer: Most people, as the jokes are far too vague.
One of the most bizarre videos of an insect hatching I’ve found to date. I still think this Tree Lobster looks like one of those dancing balloon figures as the wind turbine blows from underneath it, as it emerges.
This from a species for 80 years thought to be extinct after the original island they were found on, Lord Howe island between Australia and New Zealand, was accidently infested with black rats when the S.S. Makambo introduced the mammals to an island with nothing to stop the rodents predating pretty much everything there. Eventually they found 24 surviving insects 80 years later on Ball’s Pyramid, which has to be one of the most ominous looking islands ever, and the perfect spot for a spy villain to set up shop.