Thu 24/05/2018

The scarlet lily beetle is a spectacular insect, but it’s repellent little larvae will chomp away at your lilies until they disappear. Even Monty Don on Gardener’s World on telly this week advised to “despatch them as you see fit.” Take some photos first though!

Lily beetles Lilioceris lilii
Lily beetles Lilioceris lilii
Marmalade hover Fly Episyrphus balteatus
Marmalade hover Fly Episyrphus balteatus

The marmalade fly (because of its colour, not for any particular predilection for orange preserves), is one of the commonest hover flies, certainly in this area. I don’t really know why this one was posing with one wing outstretched. It stayed that way for a while though.

Running crab spider, Philodromus spp.
Running crab spider, Philodromus spp.

And lastly, let’s have this little running crab spider that has been lurking in the conservatory for the past several days. Running crabs are hunting spiders and they can’t half move when the mood grabs them, although this one seems pretty docile. It’s only a few millimetres long.

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