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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Common Carder bee, Red-tailed Cuckoo bee, butterflies, a Burnet moth and the Labyrinth spider, Agelena labyrinthica yesterday in a Sussex meadow..

 I came here yesterday to photograph Frog Orchids -- successfully.  The insects were great too and are shown first.  Six Orchid species to follow: Bee, Fly, Common Spotted, Southern Marsh, Pyramidal and Frog Orchids.  It was a great day out.

Common Carder bee on Yellow Rattle.

A Red-tailed Cuckoo Bee, Bombus rupestris with pollen beetles.  It isn't collecting pollen.  Why should it?  It is a parasite of the Red-tailed Bee, Bombus lapidarius.
 Six-spot Burnet moth, Zygaena filipendulae

Male Meadow Brown butterfly sharing a bramble flower with a male Fat-legged Flower beetle, Oedemera nobilis.

 Another Brown butterfly -- the Marbled White

 A Spotted Crane Fly, Nephrotoma appindiculata

 It was drizzling rain, which highlighted the webs of Funnel spiders beautifully.

 Here is a Labyrinth spider, Agelena labyrinthica.
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UK spiders are not harmful to most people and are really fascinating... at least to me.
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