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Bryony Ladybirds  Fraser SimpsonIn 2020 our five year-old's interest in invertebrates really began to develop. We started rearing some ladybird larvae and collecting a few pupae to observe their development more closely. This soon progressed to grasshoppers and bush-crickets too. Since then we've been sweep-netting and tree-beating in the local area to find as many species as possible (and recording them using the CEH's app).

Below are some photographs of the larger species taken with a mobile phone (though I should make an effort to get the dslr and macro lens out) and the much smaller, inconspicuous species (<3 mm) identified with a hand lens or a stereo dissecting microscope.

 

 

Above: Bryony Ladybird (Henosepilachna argus) feeding on White Bryony (Bryonia dioica).

 


Bryony Ladybird  Henosepilachna argus

Forestier's Ladybird  Rhyzobius forestieri

 

 

 


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