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10 July 2013

Shield Bug (Codophila varia), Bush Cricket (Platycleis sabulosa), Green Veined White Butterfly (Pieris Napi), Wild Carrot (Daucus Carota) and Heath snails (Helicella itala)

Codophila varia is a species of 'shield bugs' belonging to the Pentatomidae family and Pentatomidae subfamily. It is common around most of Europe. These beautiful bugs feed on Asteraceae (especially on Echinops spinosus) and Apiaceae species.

Codophila varia shield bug on grass stem. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Codophila varia shield bug. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

At twilight a lot of nocturnal creatures start to crawl out...
It took me quite some time to identify this impressive insect about 5 cm in length and with twice as long hind legs and antennae. It turns out it's Bush cricket (Platycleis sabulosa), belonging to the subfamily Tettigoniinae, family Tettigoniidae, also called shield-backed katydids (or sometimes long-horned grasshoppers) — close relatives of crickets and grasshoppers.
They live in Europe, North Africa and Asia. Males and females can be easily told apart, as the females have a long sword-like ovipositor at the end of their abdomen. It works as a kind of scissors the females use to cut a grass stem and deposit eggs inside.

Sand Bushcricket (Platycleis sabulosa) portrait
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So this one is a female.

Sand Bushcricket (Platycleis sabulosa) female
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Sand Bushcricket (Platycleis sabulosa) female close-up
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Sand Bushcricket (Platycleis sabulosa) female on a dry leaf
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Sand Bushcricket (Platycleis sabulosa) female on dry grass leaf
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The green veined butterfly is sitting on a wild carot flower. Daucus carota (wild carrot, (UK) bird's nest, bishop's lace, and Queen Anne's lace (North America)) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, southwest Asia and naturalised to North America and Australia. The root is edible while young.

Green veined white butterfly (pieris napi) on Daucus carota (wild carrot) flower
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This time it's heath snails (Helicella itala) clutching to a wild carrot flower. Helicella itala is a species of medium-sized, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Hygromiidae.

Heath snails (Helicella itala) on Daucus carota (wild carrot) flower
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