Sehirus bicolor. This distinctive little 7mm long shield bug feeds on White dead nettle. The female lays her eggs in the ground and tends to them and the hatched nymphs until they are feeding for themselves. This caring behaviour is not all that common among insects.
Shieldbugs are named after their heraldic shield-like shape and belong to the order Hemiptera. They frequent most types of vegetation and whilst some species are carnivorous, most feed on foliage and berries etc. Shieldbugs go through several stages of growth called nymphs, which are as frequently found as the adults.
Chuffed to bits to find this in the garden
Not a great deal to say on this one… A spider on its web.
Twenty six fisheye images stuck together for this one… Otham Church, just up the road from me. The tower of Otham church is in an unusual position – in the south-east corner of the nave. In fact the church is altogether an unusual shape with a nave and chancel of equal length, both cells having a north chapel. Pretty little church.
Domino on the landing. Post snooze. For the photo geeks this was shot at iso5000. That makes me happy.