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Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

The Nursery Web Spider is a spider species of the family Pisauridae. It grows to about 15mm and they are active hunters that search for prey amongst grasses and low vegetation. Males of this species […]

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European dwarf mantis (Ameles spallanzania)

This species name honors the italian naturalist Lazzaro Spallanzani. Ameles spallanzania can reach a length of 4mm and can be found in different color forms including green and varying shades of brown and grey.  The […]

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Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

This is another example of a Sympetrum fonscolombii. Details about this species can be found in a previous post.

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22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)

The 22 spot ladybird is a 3-5mm long ladybird commonly found in Europe. Unlinke most other ladybirds which feed on aphids, this ladybird eats mildew especially from umbellifers and low growing shrubs.

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Crimson-speckled flunkey (Utetheisa pulchella)

I had the opportunity of photographing another of these spectacular moths. Please refer to the previous post for information about this spectacular moth.

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Swallowtail (Papilio machaon ssp. melitensis)

A common species with an 8.5cm wingspan, its larvae feed on Fennel and Rue. Weather permitting up to 3 broods are produced in a year. This species is found throughout the Palearctic region and is […]

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Spotted Fly (Anthomyia pluvialis)

  These rather ordinary looking flies are very similar to house flies. The adults feed on pollen nectar at umbelliferous and other flowers. Larvae can be terrestrial or semiaquatic and show a wide range of […]

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Mosquito

Back this summer, I found this dead mosquito.  I took the opportunity to put it on a white background (again) and photographed it with a tripod on different focal lengths.  Finally I just stacked the […]

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Jumping Spider (Salticidae)

  A photo I took some months ago.  This jumping spider was very active.  Since I found it indoors I put it on a white background before the photo was taken.

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B&W Spotted Fly (Anthomyia pluvialis)

A shot of a spotted fly converted to black and white.

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