Monthly Archives: August 2012

Leopard Slug (Limax maximus)

Leopard Slug, a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. This is a very common slug in the UK and surprisingly is one of the largest slug species in the world, growing to around 6inches long! I found this one crawling across … Continue reading

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Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris)

Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris), a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. I’m pretty sure this is Bombus terrestris, not one of the other similar species. At the time, there was something which made the identification certain, but I can’t remember … Continue reading

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Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria), a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. Another butterfly, this one has lots of eye patterns on it, which I think look really good. I also like the photo because the angle shows all the hair … Continue reading

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Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album)

Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album), a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. The jagged wings on this make the species a lot more interesting. I assume it contributes to camouflage by making it look more leaf-like. There are always butterflies on the … Continue reading

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Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

Banded Demoiselle, a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. I really like this photo and this species. It has such strong, metallic colours which really do shine as if they are a reflective metal surface. The wings are also really cool … Continue reading

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Cleg Fly (Haematopota pluvialis)

Cleg Fly (Haematopota pluvialis), a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. My guide says that these are ‘an unwelcome and attentive follower of human visitors’ – this was definitely true. There were loads of these in the Tiffey Valley in Norfolk. … Continue reading

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Gatekeeper Butterfly (Pyronia tithonus)

Gatekeeper Butterfly (Pyronia tithonus), a photo by tomp77 on Flickr. Nearly all of my posts so far have been animals from Costa Rica, so here is one from the UK. I think the colour combination on this butterfly is pretty … Continue reading

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