EVENING ON THE MEADOW NEAR VALTURA

in Insects Of The World2 months ago (edited)

Today I spent most of my time at home. In front of the PC screen. Busy sorting and preparing the photographs for future posts. But I went on a little outdoor excursion in the evening.

I drove nine kilometers to the village of Valtura and stopped by the side of the road a kilometer or two further. The bushcricket in this opening picture was photographed at the end of the evening walk when the night was almost there, and I was ready to go home. In the following photograph ...

... you can see my first encounter. The Mylabris variabilis. A beetle from the Meloidae family.

Meloidae are commonly known as Blister beetles. I'm not sure if all species from this family use a defensive secretion based on cantharidin, a toxin that causes burns and blisters on the skin and is very poisonous when ingested in bigger doses. Most of them surely do. But this one, I don't know. I never had problems holding these insects in the palm of my hand.

Here you can see the same beetle but the light and background are slightly different.

Here you can see a group of colorful shield bugs.

Eurydema ornata is the name of the species. The family is Pentatomidae.

Here you can take a wider look at the meadow by the side of the road.

Behind the first line of shrubs around the meadow, I found this pretty large rock. It looked pretty cool, so I photographed it.

Here you can see another wide shot that shows the setting and the evening atmosphere. The plant in the foreground is the Carthamus lanatus.

As the sun was getting lower, I came across the Argiope bruennichi spider that has caught a grasshopper.

While I was photographing, mosquitoes were feeding on my blood.

The light was very low when I found a group of crickets ...

... on the Cichorium intybus plant.

These are all nymphs of the Phaneroptera nana bushcricket.

As you can see ...

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... the color in nymphs can vary.

The adults are always green.

I didn't see any adult Phaneroptera nana today.

But I found an adult of another species.

The Tylopsis lilifolia. This is the female. The gelly-like stuff on its abdomen is a nuptial gift from a male. The nutrient secretion is usually given during mating.

The following links will take you to the sites with more information about the protagonists of this post. I found some stuff about them there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tylopsis_lilifolia
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003347213001607
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/132070-Phaneroptera-nana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mylabris_variabilis
https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/Eurydema_ornatum.html

AND THAT'S IT. AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.

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European crickets look more like locust, thus some of them also fall into locusts category. Asian locusts are mostly short legged specially hind legs are not that long as their European counterparts.

We also have a version of Blister bugs either striped or black in color, I haven't seen one in years, they don't appear in cities.

The male of Tylopsis lilifolia seemed very horny and drained all his horniness on the female. lol

The mosquito looks enjoying your body fluids, but this one is aedes albopictus famous for dengue fever virus.

Well, all the images captured in the low light looks more detailed and superb.

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It’s very nice to be able to drive to nature not far away! Then you could be among wild weeds and flowers with all the strange insects!
You should find the hiding place of those UFOs one day! Then you’ll have really strange photos!🙀😂

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Nice pictures!

In your post I see the virus that causes dengue, a disease that if not attacked in time can cause death, well, the poor animal does not know this, we humans are the ones who must take care of ourselves.
I wish you a happy start of the week

The meadow may look empty with a wider view however, your detective's eyes found these amazing insects. You did great capturing the clarity of the details on these creatures. I hope to see these photos in LIL Gallery soon ;)

Do you use a tripod or shoot from hands?

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Mostly from hands. Sometimes I put the camera on the ground or on something improvised with pieces of wood or stones to get a long exposure shot. I don't have a tripod.

Nice insects photography.

You spend every day just to get these cute animals, even though in my area various types of animals like this are very easy to get but I have to try them

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