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The large Spiked Shoulder which are sharp not so very evident at this angle , gravid abdominal appearance making it fatter than the forest blunt to to scutellum or shield and a few other features make this a Spiked - easily confused with the Forest SB - The Spiked is one of the 3 or so carnivorous spp eating larvae which it hangs on its long proboscis to drain of juices Very Nice Macro shot
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Thanks so much for taking the time on this and providing all the information on this and the other identifications you have responded to. I am totally useless at identification (long-time, deep-seated problem) and so the help I am getting from you and others here is invaluable in helping me prepare to display a few photos for a local Wildlife Trust event next month.
Images from Gordano Valley Avon Wildlife Trust sites http://www.flickr.com/photos/gardenersassistant/collections/721576266896...
Images mainly from our garden http://www.flickr.com/photos/gardenersassistant/
This is a very nice record. There are only 4 records of this species on the BRERC database, so it would be great if you could send us the record.
Thanks. I would be happy to send to you - how do I do that?
btw 1: I have 58 images in all of this one - multiple shots of each of several views (or very similar ones as it moved around). I only picked four for processing, and you are welcome to have all four, but if you would like some other angles (including e.g. a rear-end shot!) then let me know and I'll do some more selection and processing.
btw 2: If it is of any interest I visited several of the North Somerset Avon Wildlife Trust sites a number of times this year and you can find images from those visits at the "Avon Wildlife Trust Sites" collection at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gardenersassistant/, with the other "2007" to "2011" collections being mainly flora and fauna from our garden. If any of this stuff is useful from your point of view you are welcome to use it. If of any interest we can discuss through email or phone if you provide contact details.
Thanks Nick. Records can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website www.brerc.org.uk (The website also allows you to download or print out recording templates and forms).
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