Bug Day

It is Easter Sunday and a time of rejoicing for many. For me it was a day of realisation that the waistline can’t expand indefinitely, whatever the ailments that plague me. Indolence is no excuse. Actually its a jolly good one but not in the eyes of Mr. Scales. Mr. S and I have something of an on-off relationship. I rarely like to step on but I am all too quick to step off. Mr. S it may have been who first uttered the immortal words “one at a time please”.

So with gammy knee, neck and probably a few other things that creak and groan, I resolved to walk UP the hill. Of course a camera went with me. And here are a few record shots. No tripod, light a bit gloomy into the shade but useable under duress. This colourful little chap is not a butterfly or moth cat. No, this is a sawfly larva. I saw dozens of them on a tree, Celtis sinensis. Ripped it to shreds they did. I am indebted to Blackdog To Chan for identifying the larva and the foliage. I had worked out that it was a sawfly but I would have groped in vain for Agenocimbex jucunda. Note how the larvae curl up when they are so full they can’t move. Nature’s answer to Mr. Creosote? Agenocimbex jucunda Agenocimbex jucunda TBC Sawfly and leaf Agenocimbex jucunda curled up after eatingNext a rather attractive wasp, an ichneumon. It is possible that it belongs to the Hadrocryptus species which belongs to Cryptini tribe. [Source FB entomology group, Kamil Einbacher].Ichneumon waspNote the small red parasites on the thorax.

These are final three, the first being a cicada that you have seen before.Gaeana maculata And this little chap is a firefly, possibly Vesta sp. Not to be confused with Swan Vesta of course. Or Vesta curries. Firefly. And last but not least Lethe confusa, a common flutterby in HK. Not a very good name as even I am not confused by this one.Lethe confusaI took this by the cunning approach of putting the camera on the road and using AF. Saved me getting down to butterfly level. And that was it. I felt much better for the walk and as the saying goes, we must do this again sometime. I hope you feel suitably bugged up.