Photo Diary 6

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October 12th continued......

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Red Deer Stag                                                                                                                  Minsmere from Dunwich Heath

Fly Agaric                                                                                                Dartford Warbler                                                           Feathered Ranunculus

A striking bug at BC originally from the US of A.....

 

The single Scots Pine in the garden at Burgh Castle (14th) was enough to attract what is a very striking insect, the Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis.  Found wandering across the path in the garden, the bug was photographed and then returned to the pine, from whence it probably came, although it could have been looking for a place to hibernate.

This Squashbug is native to the USA and was apparently introduced to Europe in 1999, where it has spread and during 2008-2011 influxes were reported from the coast of southern England (www.britishbugs.org.uk).  It feeds on the seeds (as the name suggests) and shoots of coniferous trees, using its mouthparts to pierce and extract fluid from the vegetation.

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Western Conifer Seed Bug