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Below are some photographs I've taken of insects in the garden of my house in south Norwich, Norfolk, UK.  Macrophotography of garden insects is rewarding because it helps one appreciate the rich variety of insects found in one's own backyard and (to me) has the further advantage that the only strange looks I get while stalking insects, camera in hand, are from my family.

All images are © Andrew Bourke.  If you would like to use one, please contact me (see e-mail address on Contact page). If you think I've made a mistake in any of the identifications, please also let me know.

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum), male; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2009

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum), female; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2011

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa), male; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2016

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima), male; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2009

Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), female; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2013

Long-winged Conehead (Conocephalus discolor), female nymph; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2016.  This nymph was associating with a later-instar female nymph with a better developed ovipositor, which had the very long, straight shape characteristic of the species.

Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2015

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (Chorthippus albomarginatus); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2015

Ropalid bug (Corizus hyoscyami); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2015

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; September 2015

Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2015

Large Skipper (Ochlodes venatus) on Lavender (Lavandula sp.); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2010

Comma (Polygonia c-album); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; September 2008

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2009

Currant Clearwing (Synanthedon tipuliformis), female; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2010. Many of the garden insects on this page are mimics of one kind or another; this moth is evidently pretending to be a wasp.

Longhorn micromoth (Nemophora degeerella), male; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2012.  Each year males of this micromoth, with their extraordinarily long antennae, appear in aerial aggregations of 'dancing' individuals at the bottom of our garden.

Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) on Goldenrod (Solidago sp.); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; September 2010

Hoverfly (Volucella inanis); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2008.  Volucella is a particularly interesting genus of hoverflies because some, like V. inanis and V. zonaria (below), mimic hornets and others, like V. bombylans (also below), mimic bumble bees.

Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2015.  Individuals of this species are similar to those of V. inanis (above), but differ in being larger, having thicker black bands on the abdomen and having brown (not yellow) panels forward of the first abdominal band.

Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans) on Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; May 2009. V. bombylans not only mimics bumble bees, but occurs in more than one form, each of which mimics a different colour group of bumble bee; this form is mimicking a white-tailed bumble bee.

Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2010.  This form of V. bombylans is mimicking a red-tailed bumble bee.

Narcissus Fly (Merodon equestris); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2014.  This species of hoverfly, like Volucella bombylans, also occurs in several mimetic forms, three of which occur in my garden; this one appears to be mimicking a white-tailed bumble bee.

Narcissus Fly (Merodon equestris); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2014.  This form of M. equestris appears to be mimicking a mainly brown bumble bee like Bombus pascuorum.

Narcissus Fly (Merodon equestris) on Daisy (Bellis perennis); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2012.  This form of M. equestris is mimicking a red-tailed bumble bee.

Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum cautum); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; May 2011

Hoverfly (Xanthogramma pedissequum); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2009

Bee-fly (Bombylius major); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; April 2009. This is another bumble bee mimic, and appears to mimic a mainly brown species like Bombus pascuorum.

Conopid fly (Sicus ferrugineus); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2010

Tachinid fly (Nowickia ferox) on Marjoram (Origanum sp.); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; August 2013

Leaf-cutter bee (Megachile willughbiella), male; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2013.  This individual had only one antenna and appeared to be guarding a group of flowers of Sweet Pea, which are frequently visited by females (see below).

Leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.), female, visiting Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2017. The bee is in a characteristic posture with abdomen raised, exposing the pollen-bearing underside (scopa).

Flower bee (Anthophora plumipes), male, on Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; April 2016

Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum), also known as the Tree Bumble Bee, male, on Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2016.  This species is a very recent natural colonist of the UK; I first recorded it in my garden in 2009.

Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius), worker, on Lavender (Lavendula sp.); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2016. This bumble bee is the likely model for the red-tailed forms of the mimetic flies Volucella bombylans and Merodon equestris (above).

Bumble Bee (Bombus pascuorum), also known as the Common Carder Bee, worker, on Lambs' Ears (Stachys byzantina); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2014. This bumble bee is the likely model for the mimetic Narcissus Fly (brown form) and Bee-fly above.

Bumble bee (Bombus bohemicus or B. vestalis), queen, on Bugle (Ajuga sp.); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; April 2017. A foraging queen of one of these two hard-to-separate socially parasitic species (subgenus Psithyrus).

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), worker, on Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2013

Thick-legged Beetle (Oedemera nobilis), male; Norwich, Norfolk, UK; June 2017

Twenty-two-spot Ladybird (Psyllobora 22-punctata); Norwich, Norfolk, UK; July 2016