BUGS, FLIES & SOME OTHER STUFF IN THE GRASS

in Fascinating Insects11 days ago (edited)

The following photographs were taken in the first days of June ...

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... the weather was already pretty hot, but only around noon ...

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... and unlike now, the vegetation on the meadows was still mostly green.

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Here you can see the Rhinocoris iracundus, a bug from the Reduviidae family, with its prey ... some black leaf beetle. Like almost all bugs of this family, they are ambush predators that feed on a wide variety of insects and their larvae.

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The bug on this photograph, the Stenodema calcarata from the Miridae family, it's a species that feeds on various grasses ...

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... and is hard to notice on straws and leaves.

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Although, both nymphs and adult Stenodema calcarata feed on juicy, unripe grains of various grasses ...

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... on that occasion, in June of this year, the bugs were photographed on the Elytrigia repens ...

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... and some plants were still in bloom.

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Here the tiny yellow flowers were caught while moving on the breeze.

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At the edges of the meadow, the Spartium junceum shrubs were also in bloom, and on those, much bigger yellow flowers ...

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... I photographed another bug from the Miridae family. I don't know the exact species, probably something from the genus Adelphocoris.

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On the leaves of the nearby blackberry shrub ...

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... I found this small fruit fly from the Drosophilidae family.

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I don't know the exact species.

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The fly was feeding on some minuscule particle ... of something ... I have no idea what this thing could be.

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The much bigger and very colorful Gymnosoma rotundatum fly from the Tachinidae family ...

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... was found and photographed among the tiny white flowers of the Dactylis glomerata grass.

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While passing by a group of Allium ampeloprasum plants in bloom ...

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... I noticed some minuscule fly that was feeding on the dense cluster of flowers.

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I don't know the exact species ...

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... but I know that this is a fly from the Chloropidae family.

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I left the fly to enjoy its day among the juicy flowers, and continued walking through the tall grass.

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On my way back to the car, I photographed this well camouflaged moth ...

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... a very small grasshopper nymph ...

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... with interesting head ...

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... and the colorful Apion frumentarium weevil that feeds and reproduces on the Rumex crispus plant.

As always in these posts on HIVE, the photographs are my work.

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Wow friend, awesome collection. Stenodema calcarata, its colour is so beautiful, I am amazed. Nice shots.
That camouflaged moth, how you even spotted it, that's great. 👍😊


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The Stenodema calcarata has such excellent camouflage! Those orange eyes on the Gymnosoma rotundatum fly! And I loved the iridescence on the moth's wings.