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Garden Ants and Aphids Chester, Wirral, Ellesmere Port
5/16/2012 5:02:07 PM
This is a couple of photos of ants farming aphids on a Japanese maple. The first photo is with the leaf facing downwards. The second I've turned the leaf to get a better photo with more light.


 

 
Its an interesting partnership that the two insects share. The ants milk the aphids to get honeydew from them. It is a sweet sugary substance made from the plants saps. The aphids in return receive protection by the ants from predatory insects. This partnership is called symbiosis.

Notice in the first photo that the neighbouring leaf on a shared stem has aphids and ant protectors too.

In both pictures you can see the ants 'milking' the aphids with their antenna to recieve the honeydew.

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Hoverfly 2
5/16/2012 12:13:03 AM
This is one of the more common hoverflies Melanostoma scalare.

The fact the eyes aren't touching shows its a female and the white "dust" patches on the face are useful in distinguishing this species.  We now think that "M.scalare" is more than one species, the Natural History Museum is doing some DNA analysis to answer this question.



 
Little is known of its biology. As a larva it is suspected to be a predator of small insects and aphids in the leaf litter.  As an adult it feeds on pollen and nectar. 

 
Spider in Bath
5/15/2012 1:17:07 PM

I found this rather impressive predator lurking in my bath. Its a lace webbed spider. Lace webbed spider is a name given to two house spiders that are very similar from the genus Amaurobius. They are the species of spider that make the funnel like webs in the corner of the garage or under the floor boards.

The web in the funnel is combed into a frayed texture to make sure any insect unlucky enough to wander too close gets snagged on the web. This means that the spider can catch prey much larger than itself.

Interestingly, and some may say rather grossly, the female in her second year will lay 40 eggs in an egg chamber and vigorously guard the eggs and nest, when the young spiders hatch they eat the mother for their first meal!!

A most impressive mini monster. This one I let go back under the floorboards. I obviously told the girlfriend I put it outside!

 

 

Ladybird
5/8/2012 8:23:16 PM

Hoverfly
5/8/2012 8:06:25 PM


A large hoverfly sitting on nettles in Neston
guinea pig x-ray
5/7/2012 10:08:44 PM
This is an x-ray of a friends pregnant guinea pig. Shes carrying 3 babies. Notice the shape of the rodents skull. You can see the front chisel like teeth. These teeth grow from the base. The animal needs to gnaw on hard objects often to keep the teeth from growing too large in the jaw. This gnawing sharpens the teeth due to hard enamel on the outside edge of the teeth and soft dentine on the inside. It shapes the cutting edge to be incredibly sharp. Also note the gap between the front teeth and the rear teeth. Rodents can draw in their cheeks so that debris from objects that are gnawed doesnt get swallowed. An incredible set of adaptations that make rodents such a successful order of mammals.


Bumble Bee
5/7/2012 5:00:47 PM

A nice little picture of a bumble bee I took today. She was resting on the hot stones. You can't see from the angle of the photo but both pollen sac's were full to the brim.

fly on hawthorn
5/2/2012 9:11:15 PM


A nice photo I took of a fly perched on a budding hawthorn. Notice the halteres, the small balance organs that replace the second set of wings, close behind the first set of wings. They flap rapidly with the wing and act as a mini gyroscope. They are found in the true fly species (Diptera)
Green Sheild Bug
5/2/2012 2:24:13 PM
I saw this rather lovely green sheild bug sitting on my girlfriends car yesterday. I had to take a couple of photos of him.



The sheild bug is a member of the bug family just like the bed bugs. He feeds only on plants though. In this second photo you can clearly see his straw like mouth parts used for sucking sap from plants (rather than blood from people!!!). He was just over a centimetre long.



The green sheild bug is an animal that is currently being watched and monitored as it is helping us understand climate change. It used to be rare north of Scotlands borders but its range to the north is now extending due to the milder climate.

More info can be found here www.opalexplorenature.org/GreenShieldbug
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