Garden goodies in May

A round up of garden inverts seen over the last week, before the weather turned wet again!

A mating pair of colourful Orange-brown Darwin Wasps, Ophion scutellaris, Chocolate Mining Bee and the spider Philodromus aureolus were along our hawthorn hedge on Sunday.

On Monday I had a more thorough look and found Umbellifer Longhorn Beetle, Plum Tortrix, the tiny but distinctive spider Microlinyphia pusilla, the hoverfly Pipiza austriaca and my first Marmalade Hoverfly of the spring. Indoors the carpet beetle Anthrenus fuscus maybe wasn't so welcome (!) but the best was saved until last. Rescuing a bug from a spider that was just about to have it's lunch it turned out to be the nationally scarce Slender-horned Leatherbug

                                                                                                                    Orange-brown Darwin Wasps
                                                                                                                             Chocolate Mining Bee
                                                                                                                              Philodromus aureolus
                                                                                                                        Anthrenus fuscus
                                                                                                                                Plum Tortrix
                                                                                                                      Slender-horned Leatherbug
                                                                                                                              Microlinyphia pusilla
                                                                                                                      Umbellifer Longhorn Beetle

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