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Tachina grossa, Cornwall, St Ives, June 2022

Paul Semmens

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Red-veined Darter, Spain, Mallorca, October 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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Red-veined Darter, Spain, Mallorca, October 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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Monarch, Spain, Mallorca, October 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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Monarch, Spain, Mallorca, October 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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Four-spotted Orb Weaver, Norfolk, Salthouse, September 2022

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A birder spotted this cracking Spider when we were watching the Grey Phalarope

Glyn Sellors

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Four-spotted Orb Weaver, Norfolk, Salthouse, September 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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Migrant Hawker, East Yorkshire, Spurn, September 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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Wall Brown, Dumfries and Galloway, Kirkgunzeon, 11/08/2022

© Chris Baines Dumfries and Galloway
GIANT SWALLOWTAIL, Papilio cresphontes, WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN, 29 MAY 2022

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My first giant swallowtail of the season, it probably emerged from its chrysalis today. Each wing was perfect, no chips, scratches, or bird bites. Its colors were so deep and gorgeously fresh. As long as I stood still in the shade of a buckthorn, it remained unwary and went about its mud-puddling in full sunshine, allowing me full-photo opportunities. For a giant swallowtail, this individual was not particularly large, being the case for the generation that pupates through the winter. Nevertheless, it made for an impressive sight, considering the species is North America’s largest butterfly. Females have a maximum forewing span of 7.5 inches (average 5.8 inches), males with a maximum of 7 inches (average 5.6 inches). The larval food plants are limited to the citrus family, Rutaceae. In Michigan the choices are two: prickly ash Xanthoxylum americanum, a shrub, and wafer ash Ptelea trifoliata which sometimes achieves small-tree size. My experiences with the larvae have been on wafer ash in Lenawee County, Michigan, and at Point Pelee, Ontario. I once raised a caterpillar through its last two instars on wafer ash. It successfully emerged from its chrysalis in August. Alan

Alan Ryff

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Orange tip Butterfly, Dumfries and Galloway, Knowetops SWT, 28/05/2022

© Chris Baines Dumfries and Galloway
Green Tiger Beetle, Derbyshire, Peak District, May 2022

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Glyn Sellors

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