Monday, 18 May 2015

A Flash of Red Insects (Fire Bug, Ruby-tailed Wasp ...)

I love it when the temperature rises and insects begin to emerge in decent numbers. The first UK Swallowtail butterfly has now been spotted, and I hope to see some caterpillars before the summer is out.

Red seems to be the colour of the moment. This Fire Bug (and here) was flitting about near our Silver Birch.





The Kidney-spot Ladybird had rather more black than red, but was a welcome addition to the garden fauna. I have logged it on iRecord via the UK Ladybird Survey.



And now for one of my favourites: my first Ruby-tailed Wasp of the season ...


These wasps are always hard to photograph. They are small, quick, metallic and camera-shy! They are also quite beautiful. 



6 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

What lovely photos, the ruby tailed wasp is partiuclarly impressive

amanda peters said...

Lovely to see, I will have to look out for this Ladybird as I might have passed it of as a Harlequin. And I would love to see one of these wasps, great colour, still wating for it to warm up here...
Amanda xx

eileeninmd said...

Great collection of insects and photos. Have a happy day!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

summer warmth lol. It is a long way off yet. the wasp is beautiful indeed.

L. D. said...

The reds on your insects are really brilliant colors. Our bugs aren't as colorful as your bugs.

Donna said...

Oh those are some fine insects especially that ladybird...so unusual