Bugs bugging me.

I’ve just spent ages trying to identify the red bug – no luck. I expect it is some type of what we as kids called soldier beetles, but they aren’t really. They don’t appear to have wings at all.

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bee, bugs, on mint

 

Both images taken with the Nokia Lumia 520.

 

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skipper butterfly, bug, on mint

 

There’s more than one breed of bug in these images, but two have the little circles up the back of their abdomen. Let me know if you have something like these in your part of the world.

I’ve dilly-dallied enough today. I’m off to get stuck into my novel. I must finish this revision and editing by March 15th so I will have a month to make ready for publishing.  This evening, I will be back to take part in Irene’s challenge: Times Past. The subject this week is laundry. (LATER: Tomorrow, didn’t get time as I worked on my novel until time to go out to work at 5pm. Mentally exhausted! )

Have a good day, and thanks for dropping by.    :)

 

 

Butterfly: Ocybadistes walkeri sothis

The Yellow-banded Dart  is a skipper butterfly, named for their darting nature. Last year, when I first noticed one, I thought it was a grasshopper whipping by. 

 

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Looks like baby darts to the left.

 

Other names: Greenish Grass-dart, Green Grass-dart, Southern Dart.   The Ocybadistes walkeri sothis is the only sub-species found in Victoria. Also found in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania.

 

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this one is a female, the male has a little more colour under the wings

 

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about to open her wings

 

I was gobsmacked when I saw that this butterfly has FOUR wings!

 

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on mint flowers

 

I’m dishing these up for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. The first Monday in the month is Nature. Nearly all my photos are that theme already. Taken with the Nokia Lumia 520 Windows phone, cropped and reduced.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  Thanks for dropping by.   :)

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