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here's a moth and my foot to show you how bit it was when folded in half

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it was flapping in the wind and crawling across the path.  it's body underneath was about the size of a small mouse and just as furry.

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here are some bits of the planet's heaviest insect on a bench in a mini museum.  just collected from around and about

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thankfully harmless, but quite horrendous to look at (size wise about the same as a kids hand)

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museums love to shock when it comes to live cockroach displays.  i thought i'd share this with you.

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two things i really don't like.  and spiders.  really fast running spiders which bite (in a non dangerous way).  don't like them. at all.

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this small large centipede was in our house.  apparently they bite. yuck.

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weta's are very strange beasties.  here's one which was dead on a footpath. it's a tree weta.  you can read more about wetas here

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still my favouritist insect

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i spotted these rather weird fruit on a tree and thought they looked intriguing.  it was only upon closer inspection that i found they contained monarch butterfly caterpillars

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how can something so small make such a noise ?

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insects are brilliant. little armoured chaps going about their business.

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i knew someone who had a bee in her bonnet  we all laughed as everyone knows bees should travel in your boot (or 'trunk' to any american readers).

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lady birds are quite cool.  i liked this one.

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here's the flower san ladybird as they say in france.  probably.

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i was sitting in the park with some people from the conference yesterday and one of them found this wasp which had another wasp's head in its hands.  bit weird that isn't it ?


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not my favourite kind of shots, but i liked this little chap's bottom - his bee-hind perhaps

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our house is full of daddy long legs at the moment. and mosquitos and midges. it's the like the battle at the end of Star Wars here.

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take care around yellow jackets

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keith sent me this picture and said:

"The attached shot is of a bug I found on some sweet peas growing in our garden in Southampton. Judging by this site: http://www.projects.ex.ac.uk/bugclub/bugid.html
it might be some sort of Hemiptera, but that doesn't mean anything to me so if you run out of things to post, feel free to put it up for readers to come up with a more meaningful name.

Apologies for the large file but I wanted you to be able to enjoy the full horror of it; if you zoom right in, he appears to have actually turned his head towards me to get a better look, if those are in fact eyes on his head..... "

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so, what do you think ?

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Alan lead us on a butterfly walk after church yesterday.  there was a good turn out considering the wet weather

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 esther and kezia loved walking through muddy puddles and streams in their trainers

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 here's alan demonstrating his butterfly lassoo technique

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 alan really was the star of the show, catching and explaining everything about butterflies and nature and stuff

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here he is doing the classic blanket sweep butterfly trawl. 

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and explaining the catch to the assembled throng 

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this is a butterfly 

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here's the specimen jar (temporary accomodation for the catchee before being let free again) 

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all terrific stuff. i think alan was doing for butterflies what funkypancake does for lost gloves. so perhaps i should do guided photo tours round london ? any interest ? no, i thought not !

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does anyone know what this white insect is ? our friend ian spotted it but didn't know what it was, and wondered if any of the nature-loving (or hating!) funkypancake readers knew what it was. apparently it was a few centimetres long and had two sets of wings.

was it an angel do you think ?

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any thoughts greatfully received via comments or email

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(looks better if you click it for a closeup)

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we've had hedgehogs, and mice and dried out frogs, but what's this latest specimen we found last night inside ?

i put a one pence piece down on the ground before i let it out so you could see how big it was. deliberately (or otherwise) it walked over and sat on top of it to hide it !
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i would have thought a book worm would be more likely to have an exam than a woodworm. it's political correctness gone mad.

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lynda sent me this mystery moth which she had in her house and couldn't identify. is it a mothetore - the mythical mothical creature, half moth, half goat ?

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here's a funny thing. it's a ladybird wandering over my computer screen. it had just walked between 'delete' and 'junk' and was heading for the word 'thunderbird'.

this picture also shows the quality of emails i was receiving on a friday afternoon. someone had sent an email to a mailing list i'm on simply stating 'please ignore'. people didn't.

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click photo to inspect the insects

any idea what this insect is ? it was in church last thursday evening and was about 5 cm long.

luckily (for us) it was deaded already.


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