41 Day 274 – Bugs Beautiful Bugs…..

Now the intention as I left home was to photograph butterflies, which to some degree I managed although the effort outweighed the results (more practice required!) but during the session I was distracted by a rather stunning little fella who was making the most of a thistle flower. Zooming in a little closer I was struck by the vivid black and red markings of this not so small bug which I have been told is  a Six Spot Burnet. It spent quite some time clambering over the feathery flower head, at times losing it’s footing and clinging on until normal service could be resumed, pausing to look up occasionally and have a quick clean. One of it’s friends hadn’t been quite so lucky and it’s tightly bound body was being hauled upwards by a rather determined spider, not an easy task as the prey was 4 times his size and the fine threads of the web shook under the effort, threatening to free the incumbent from his bonds but I fear the struggle would have been futile as just below sat another spider casually waiting for the bounty to fall into his lap! Amongst all this dining the Burnet took flight but within seconds had landed somewhat un-elegantly on a blade of grass, clinging on for a moment before deciding it wasn’t quite so comfortable and so took flight once again. At this stage I reverted to the butterflies, but happy to have captured such a vivid insect going about it’s business.



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