After a stern injunction from the Personnel dept. at work to get away from my desk at lunchtimes, I did something I haven’t done for ages, and specifically went out bug hunting. Apart from loads of immature Pisaura mirabilis spiders, I also found this 24-spot ladybird. It’s not my first ladybird of the year, as the harlequins and 7-spots have been around for some time, but it’s nice to find a 24-spot this early in the season; sets me up for another ladybird-rich year!
This multi-coloured predatory wasp is pretty cool too; I haven’t tracked down the species yet:
I thought this beetle was over 10mm long, but all the similar species in my book are 8mm or less. The antennae give it away as a scarab, which includes the dung beetles and chafers; it’s almost certainly an Aphodius species, and I’m tempted by the slight lightening at the front of the pronotum (shoulder bit), to go for Aphodius rufus. They live on dung, but they don't bury it!
There was lots of stuff today really – seeing as it was the first time for ages I had been out photographing things, I photographed everything, such as this ripe plantain seed head. Although it’s a common enough plant, this was the only one I could see, by itself in the long grass. Then I got started on the midges and crane flies ...