Sunday, 16 June 2013

Neath/Port talbot

A day out photographing the bugs in port talbot between the showers

 Depressaria daucella catterpillar

 Hoverfly sp

 Micropterix calthella
Red and Black froghopper cercopis vulnerata
This crab spider Misumena vatia
 Crab spiders are able to change their body colour to match their background.  It can take a few days, but they can appear white, yellow or green.  They sometimes have two faint red lines running along the abdomen, but these are not always visible.  The male is much smaller than the female.
The crab spider sits on flowers waiting for insects to land close by, and then pounces on them - trapping them between their crab-like front legs.