It's a bit of a play on words. The story is that I noticed an interesting hairy caterpillar on one of my rose bushes up against the side of the house. Off I went to get my camera, but I thought I'd grab my reading specs too as anything close up is a blur without them, and sometimes I'm quite amazed at what I do spot when I put them on. I was not disappointed as I couldn't believe just how much buggy life there was on just three rose bushes that I would never have noticed had I not taken a really good look!
This is the rather handsome looking caterpillar that I first saw, and it's thanks to someone on G+ who posted one a little while ago that I knew the ID! This caterpillar usually feeds on the foliage of all sorts of trees, but also roses, and quite surprisingly, ground elder - that nuisance weed that is hard to get rid of. They are welcome to that plant!
|Grey Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta psi).|
|Here it is again from all angles. Top left is its back end, right is its front end.|
|Knot Grass moth (Acronicta rumicis) caterpillar.|
Note the spider in the background!
|Knot Grass caterpillar again walking across the ground.|
It is related to the Grey Dagger as they are both Acronicta species.
|Unknown hairy caterpillar - can't find it in my insect book.|
Edit: probably an early instar Oak Eggar Moth caterpillar.
As well as hairy moth caterpillars I have found two different kinds of sawfly larvae on the roses as well! Now this kind of larvae can be a real pest in large numbers; most people will know them if they grow gooseberries as gooseberry sawfly larvae can defoliate the leaves practically overnight! But the odd one on a rose is not a big deal.
|Sawfly larvae on a rose leaf on the ground.|
|The same larvae looking a lot cuter curled up having a nap! |
Also a few aphids in the background.
|These spotty ones are more common and I see similar kinds on all sorts of plants.|
|Typical rose pest - aphids!|
|I also saw this cricket. I know it's a female because of the banana shaped |
ovipositor at the end of her abdomen; but what the brown thing is
above that I'm not sure. I can only guess she's having a poo!
I also saw a male on this bush too.
|There were spiders too of course. |
Here's a cute little Zebra jumping spider (Salticus sp.) with a little fly that
it had caught. I didn't have the right camera for a tiny spider like this.
|This is Metellina segmentata with a perfect orb web. The stem in the background is |
another rose bush around the front of the house and those are Black Eyed Susans
(Thunbergia alata) in the background.
|A closer up view of it; I'm 99% certain it's the same species |
but hard to be sure when looking back through my photos!
All in all quite a surprising number of bugs just on one kind of plant. It really pays to have a close up look as you will be surprised just what you can find!