I collected these fleas while helping a friend emptying the bird houses at a local golf course a procedure repeated each year in March. Bird fleas, Ceratophyllus gallinae Size: The round reddish formation is the second larval stage of a Uropoda mite. The awkwardly raised snout only adds to the debris-illusion. There are a few very similar species and I have to check with the experts if it's possible to tell which one this is from the images. I considered releasing it outside after shooting a few handheld flash shots of it, but it's been unseasonably cold and it wouldn't have lasted long so I figured I could just as well keep it and make this studio portrait of it once it expired. Early morning stack of this relatively small longhorn beetle on a closed chamomile Matricaria recutita flower.
My first encounter with this species!
Early morning encounter with this wasp-mimicking sawfly, perched on a blackthorn twig Prunus spinosa. There are a few very similar species and I have to check with the experts if it's possible to tell which one this is from the images. Female Macropis Macropis europaea 9 mm Early morning stack of this female Macropis bee. If you're familiar with stinging flies like the tse-tse fly you might suspect P. A dorsal view of this elegant jewel beetle perched on a pine twig.