Sunday, May 21, 2017

Red in Proboscis and Claw, Insects and Spiders May 15th Alonissos Greece

We saw and photographed quite a variety of insect and spider life on Monday in Alonissos, much of it intent on killing and eating the rest. The Assassin bug, Rhynocoris iracundus, was everywhere on the bushes - here sucking the body content of a fly larger than itself. The Robber Fly has picked on the same fly species to kill and devour (one 50mm macro shot, other 560mm distant shot). Even the Beeflies are not that innocent as they parasitize Cuckoo Wasps laying their eggs in the nests of the wasps.
I was pleased to see two spectacular day flying moths the Fiery Clearwing (Pyropteron chrysidformis) and Hummingbird Hawkmoth - very difficult to photograph.
Lots of different Crab spiders and other spiders - not yet identified.
The other commonest group were Beetles - the last image the attactive Purpuricenus budensis

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