13th August


Original Hedgerow.


Dull with heavy showers.

The cold weather slows down the flighty Green-veined Whites, so I got these close-ups.


Cassida rubiginosa - the Thistle Tortoise Beetle - has the most interesting larvae and pupae. The larvae have twin tail-spikes and these are sometimes used to carry dead skins and droppings in a kind of parasol.


The spikes are retained by the pupa and these are flicked forward if it is disturbed.

I've yet to see the green adult.


In close-up, the seeds of the Meadowsweet look like hands. I previously thought they were coiled, but they're not.

The cold was again responsible for the sluggish behaviour of this Helophilus pendulus.

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