The weather had been warm for a couple of days and on Monday 20th July it was the same. I went hunting in the garden and down our lane close to home to see what was about. When I say what was about I’m looking for the little things, I’m still trying to get to grips with the focussing on my Macro lens, looking at the aperture and the very critical focussing on the little insects.

The Grasshoppers are maturing now and as you walk down the lane the are jumping out of the way and you have to keep an eye on them before they disappear. They are such complex looking creatures when you look at them in detail.

Common Field Grasshopper
Common Field Grasshopper
Common Field Grasshopper
Common Field Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper

The Hairy Shieldbug was on my Helichrysum flowers in the garden another striking insect.

Hairy Shieldbug
Hairy Shieldbug

The next morning it was misty first thing, not too much to see except when you look in the undergrowth it’s amazing what’s there, which I so often miss. The small female White Legged Damselfly only about 36mm long roosting in the grass, covered in dew.

White legged Damselfly
White Legged Damselfly

I found some small snails in the undergrowth.

Snail
Snail
Snail
Snail

A couple of Soldier Beetles doing what they do best!

Red Soldier Beetles
Red Soldier Beetles

A Spider with the sun coming through behind the web.

Spider and web
Spider and web

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