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  • grumm
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    Nice pics, especially the first one. What camera are you using?

    No idea what any of them are I'm afraid.

    brakes
    Member

    nothing special, just an Olympus MJU 790 point and shoot

    the colours aren't the best, especially in strong light but otherwise ok

    I like these two landscapey ones

    brakes
    Member

    saw some weird bugs in Italy last week – took some pics

    is this a dragonfly or a damselfly? didn't like the look of its stinger, it was about an inch and a half long

    this thing scared the crap out of me too – flying circles round my head
    thought it was a cockroach, but maybe it's a stag beetle?

    some other bugs

    and what I think is an Italian Wall Lizard

    Dave
    Member

    First one is a fly not a dragonfly or damselfly. Flies have two wings. dragonflies and damselflies have four.

    Second is a Stag beetle.

    roper
    Member

    Third is a bee 😀

    roper
    Member

    oh fifth is a scarab beetle or dung beetle. Possibly a Geotrupes Egeriei but you would need to check

    brakes
    Member

    Flies have two wings. dragonflies and damselflies have four.

    that's what I thought, but couldn't tell whether it had two wings or four

    also saw a queen hornet, which was very very scary – red and yellow like a Ferrari wasp, I was in the pool at the time so didn't have the camera

    the green (dung) beetle hit me in the head and fell on the floor then let me take its picture

    brakes
    Member

    I think it's some kind of Robber Fly

    I'm sure I've been to that second landscape one. Is it Locarno?

    brakes
    Member

    no, it's Lake Como – Menaggio viewed from the hills above Varenna

    roper
    Member

    I think it's some kind of Robber Fly

    Is that closely related to these..?

    bullheart
    Member

    I found a hornet in my shed the other day. It made a noise like a Spitfire. It looked at me, then came for me, and when I shut the door and looked at it through the window it followed my movements and kept headbutting the window

    Emptied a full kettle on it whilst it was on the floor a couple of hours later. Left it where it was, and when I went back later the bloody thing had gone…

    cbike
    Member

    Your Hornet sounds more like a wood wasp if its pluttering rather than buzzing. Did it have a big ovipositer? (Looks like a Giant stinger)

    The Dung beetles are remnants of savannah conditions in the uk in the past. When there were Rhinos and stuff running about.

    Damsel flys close their wings when stationary, Dragon flys keep them open.

    Robber fly rings a bell but i'm sure a wee google will find it.
    Thats my insect knowledge exhasuted.

    The Dung beetles are remnants of savannah conditions in the uk in the past. When there were Rhinos and stuff running about.

    So they survived the Ice Age – cool.

    Although I bet they were p1ssed off when they realised that they didn't need to eat sh1t after all.

    Who was it who once said :

    "I have good news and bad news. First the bad news. We have nothing to eat but sh1t.
    The good news is that there's plenty of it"

    Was it Alexander The Great ?

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