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Ioannis Flower crab spider
Flower crab spider commented on by Ioannis Île-de-France, Tromelin Island5 years ago

Thank you all. It's amazing what scenes you can find in the nearby public garden!
Any idea for prey identification?

Ioannis Paper Wasp
Paper Wasp commented on by Ioannis Comunitat Valenciana, Spain6 years ago

The front part of the abdomen is narrowed toward the connection to the thorax, this is a characteristic of the Polistes family. The similar looking Vespula and Dolichovespula families have the front part of the abdomen large till the connexion to the thorax as if the abdomen was truncated.
The most common species in Europe is Polistes dominula but the keys are quite complicated and need many different views to determine which Polistes it is.

Ioannis Gooseberry Sawfly Larva
Gooseberry Sawfly Larva commented on by Ioannis Washington, USA6 years ago

Beautiful, but a pest:
http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/goo...

Ioannis European cockchafer
European cockchafer commented on by Ioannis England, United Kingdom6 years ago

There are two very similar species of Melolontha: Melolontha melolontha (common European cockchafer) and Melolontha hippocastani (European forest cockchafer).
The only way to distinguish them is to look at the form of the pygidium (the last abdomen part) but in your photo it is not very clearly visible.

Ioannis Oak spider
Oak spider commented on by Ioannis Δήμος Ύδρας, Περιφέρεια Αττικής, Greece6 years ago

Yes, both aculepeira ceropegia and aculepeira armida are very common. They are just difficult to distinguish sometimes.

Ioannis Oak spider
Oak spider commented on by Ioannis Δήμος Ύδρας, Περιφέρεια Αττικής, Greece6 years ago

There are two species of Aculepeira that can be: Aculepeira ceropegia (from greek κηροπήγιο, candelabra the shape of the motif on the abdomen) and Aculepeira armida which is a little more orange.
Aculepeira armida is found only near Mediterranean and Aculepeira ceropegia is found all over Europe. There is a third species, Aculepeira carbonaria but it's found in higher altitudes and rocky areas so I don't believe it's the one in Spetses island.
From the light and shades, I can't say if it is the Aculepeira armida or the Aculepeira ceropegia you have found there.

Ioannis Chaenomeles (flowering quince)
Chaenomeles (flowering quince) commented on by Ioannis LOM, Italy6 years ago

Could be Chaenomeles japonica or one of the many ornemental hybrids: Chaenomeles superba, Chaenomeles vilmoriniana or Chaenomeles clarkiana. Probably wait for the leaves and fruits in order to identify it better.

Ioannis Purple deadnettle
Purple deadnettle commented on by Ioannis Île-de-France, Tromelin Island6 years ago

Thanks again Jopy !

Ioannis Winter heath (bruyère des Alpes)
Winter heath (bruyère des Alpes) commented on by Ioannis Île-de-France, Tromelin Island6 years ago

Thank you for the suggestion Jopy!

Ioannis Carpet Beetle
Carpet Beetle commented on by Ioannis Île-de-France, Tromelin Island6 years ago

Thank you jeslowery for the suggestion. I checked an identification key with my photos full magnified and it appears it is the Anthrenus verbasci and not the Trogoderma.

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