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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #450 on: September 21, 2021, 07:38:03 PM »
A couple of Helophilus sp. visited today and allowed me to take photos.







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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #451 on: September 22, 2021, 08:22:43 PM »
I was hoping that the Helophilus would return today so that I could get a positive ID using the facial stripe. I kept checking but no luck. To pass the time I took just a few photos of the Hoverflies that did visit. Here's a sample of a couple with quite a difference in size.






Yesterday an Araneus had built her web across the middle of the bottom greenhouse. I was glad to discover this morning that she'd ]moved on overnight. She now has a web on the outside of the same greenhouse connected to the hedge. she's a little camera shy but I managed to catch her in retreat.



Later on I tried again and she sat.



As soon as the shutter closed she was off again to the safety of the hedge 🙄

Meanwhile in the greenhouse, this Conophytum was continuing its display.





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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #452 on: September 23, 2021, 02:47:09 PM »
It would seem that Thursday is washing day.



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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #453 on: September 23, 2021, 07:05:41 PM »
My two Conophytum longum are still opening new flowers.



There's even more still to open on this one.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #454 on: September 24, 2021, 07:47:32 PM »
Today's crop of new Conophytum flowers.

C. taylorianum v. ernianum





A first flowering of C. longum v. longitubum which apparently is the same as a standard C. longum except the locale it is found in. The flower should look much better tomorrow as it emerges further from the body.



Finally another photo of the more pink C. longum with more flowers open.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #455 on: September 26, 2021, 11:12:50 AM »
I spotted this carapace shining on a stake and grabbed a couple of photos. I then tried to remove it from the stake to get a better look and naturally it dropped somewhere which wasn't my hand. The ID was simple though. It's a Rosemary Leaf Beetle -
Chrysolina americana a pest of rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme. As I only have one pot of lavender out of that selection, I'm wondering why it's here.



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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #456 on: September 26, 2021, 07:35:42 PM »
An American living in UK!
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #457 on: September 26, 2021, 09:06:03 PM »
Why not? You get Englishmen in NY according to Sting
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #458 on: October 04, 2021, 09:07:22 PM »
I believe this is the first time I've photographed this species.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #459 on: October 06, 2021, 07:23:57 PM »
I believe this is the Hawthorn Shieldbug - Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale



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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #460 on: October 08, 2021, 06:37:59 PM »
Found this Harlequin patrolling the mixed Delosperma pot. Starboard wing and wing cover missing. It looks like something just discovered that Ladybirds don't taste very good.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #461 on: October 09, 2021, 07:21:25 PM »
A day later and the Harlequin is where I put it. I think the photo shows why it stayed.




A little group of Lithops providing some cheer.




A Titanopsis calcarea bought as 'Bizarre' finally proves, as suspected, that it isn't.




An old Pleiospilos nelii earning its keep.




The pot of mixed colour Delosperma has certainly been a plus this year. It looks good when the sun is out and has the bonus of attracting many Hoverfies.




Finally, Stomatium suaveolens keeps opening the occasional flower in late evening.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #462 on: October 13, 2021, 07:07:44 PM »
Conophytum verrucosum with the flower still held close to the body.



The night flowering Conophytum truncatum. Photo courtesy of a head torch.



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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #463 on: October 14, 2021, 02:32:18 AM »
Brilliantly grown Fred. Kudos to you.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #464 on: October 14, 2021, 10:43:00 AM »
TY John.

Meanwhile I've been up to other things.









There's plenty more still to do 🙄
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