It was a brave soul who suggested creepy-crawlies as a topic for this week's FMTSO. Even the professional entomologists I know have an aversion to at least one type of creepy-crawly. I love most insects and invertebrates but earwigs send a shiver up my spine. My daughter is fascinated by dragonflies and many other insects but has a real aversion to spiders...
Here, I hope, is s selection of creepy-crawlies that will not upset anyone too much...
Even snails have a love life (and a complicated one it is, too).
Ants will save their larvae and pupae from harm if the nest is disturbed.
And they farm aphids – tickling them to extract honeydew.
Here are some bugs that I think are attractive...
And some beetles - Seven-spot Ladybirds making more Seven-spot Ladybirds...
Green Tiger Bettle
A very pregnant Gastrophysa virida.
Strangalia maculata - one of the longhorn beetles.
Keeled Skimmer dragonfly
Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly
As you will have gathered I am mad about creepy-crawlies! To see what other creepy-crawlies have been chosen this week please visit this link.
And may I take this opportunity to thank Rebecca, Sarah and Doreen - the organisers of FMTSO for all the effort they put in to maintaining it. I know it's not easy committing yourself to doing something every week - posting assignments, keeping the link going and selecting ones for the FMTSO main site. So a big thank you to you all.
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