23rd June 2015 - Topsham
As a break from work I set up my macro lens and had a wander around the garden, here's what I found on just one plant, a Greater Burdock Arctium lappa.
|Rutpela maculata - 23/6/2015 Topsham
A common Spotted Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae), this one was resting on a Burdock leaf but they're most easily found feeding on the flower heads of umbellifers - often Hogweed at this time of year - the dust is pollen.
|Propylea quatuordecimpunctata - 23/6/2015 Topsham
Also in yellow and black, here's a pair of 14 Spot Ladybirds (Coccinelidae) getting friendly (or 'in copula' as entomologists like to say) on the same Burdock. The scientific name is often spelled Propylea 14-punctata - in which I suppose (pointless digression alert!) you should pronounce '14' as 'kwatt-oo-or-dess-im', or should that be 'kwatt-oo-or-dek-im'?
|Tephritis bardanae - 23/6/2015 Topsham
|Large Skipper Ochlodes venata male - 23/6/2015 Topsham
Another from the Burdock, a newly emerged Large Skipper. It's a male because it shows thick black lines in the middle of its fore wings - 'sex brands' - patches of specialised scales that give off a pheromone.