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I only found their close cousins a problem in Australia when they made their web across the tracks and you would hit them at face height riding the motorbike at speed. They are quite solid and deliver a good whack if you hit them at speed. I was only ever concerned that being hit by surprise without warning might anger them a little that they give a bite ...
This appears to be an anemone, with the pedal disc towards the camera. I can't offer a positive ID, but would hazard a guess at genus Actinia. Anemones sting, and the stings of anemones range from completely harmless to humans to highly toxic. In the absence of a positive ID, I would avoid poking it.
It's a St. Andrews Cross Spider (Argiope keyrselingi), and quite common in Australia too. Thankfully, one of the non-toxic non aggressive spiders. Here are some good sites for further information on them: A Spider Identification site: http://www.spiders.com.au/st-andrews-spider.html And the Australian Museum site: http://australianmuseum.net.au/st-...
This is most likely a spider from the genus Argiope, which has a few members native to India. See here for a list, I think this is most likely Argiope pulchella, see the image from the Wikipedia: Wikipedia also says that these spiders hunt insects, but are not dangerous for humans.
I do not know what species of spider this is, but I think the white ball is actually spider poop. Unfortunately a quick search did not return many references, but here is a picture for comparison. Spiders produce uric acid, which is a near-solid and excreted out white. This is done to minimize water loss. These malpighian tubules drain into an pouch ...
Given the large eyes, the almost non-existent antennae, the humped back, elongated abdomen and the wings, I'd say it is a robber fly. It is one of many insects known to prey on wasps. Note the description on the linked page: This spindly piece of nastiness is a Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites. It seems that it's members of this particular genus ...
This is a hoverfly! Specifically in the genus Helophilus. A lot of species of hoverflies exhibit Batesian mimicry of wasps/bees, as we see here, while they mainly feed on pollen and nectar. So please, don't worry about it trying to bite you. As far as species go, I think it is probably a Helophilus trivittatus. I am basing that on location and a lot on ...
This looks like an Aplysia, or "sea hare", a marine gastropod. Some of them sometimes get stranded and look like fat violet/green/brown blobs, around 10cm diameter. In the water, they swim slowly. I've seen some in Brittany (France) and in Algarve (Portugal).
Since you suggest they come from a plant, they might be dried aphids. These insects usually feed on plant sap, and I already noticed some tiny, white, and apparently dead ones on plants. As suggested in the comments, these are actually not dead aphids, but only the cuticle they leave after moulting, or ecdysis.
It's not a wasp. Wasps have a thin waist. It's a fly, and flies can indeed be fast. I would not bet on Tabanidae, but on Sarcophagidae instead, because your fly looks less hairy than what I'm used to for horseflies, and because of the striped pattern on the thorax, but it may well be some other family.
It looks like a horse-fly What is a horsfly? Horse-flies (Tabanidae) represent a family in the order of Diptera that are distributed world-wide. They are large flies that fly quickly. Adults feed on nectar while females feed on mammals blood (including humans). When they sting, it hurts much more than a mosquito! You probably want to get rid of it before ...
It's a cockroach nymph. Unfortunately it's barely visible given the angle of the photo, but it looks like the pronotum (head shield) has a pale margin - which, coupled with the pale markings at the sides of the tergites, makes me think this is a late-instar nymph of the Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae). This looks very similar to the American ...
This looks like a nymph of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. The nymphs differ from the adults in that they do not have wings. The egg sac (leftmost object) is approx. 8mm long. (source) (source)
It's some sort of potter wasp/mason wasp (Eumeninae). The spiders are paralyzed and brought there as food for its larvae. Here is an example of an opened nest I found on Bugguide.net that looks similar to yours: I don't know if it's possible to say what species it is from the nest.
Updated Answer: Why it's not the egg sac of Argiope aurantia: Upon knowing your location to UK, we can rule out quite a few spiders, especially the Argiope aurantia since it is endemic to Northern and Central America. The spider's egg sacs are also noticeably smaller than "a hen's egg" as this post describes. Why it's not a gall: We can rule this out ...
Yes, those are definitely eggs. And I believe that is a female grass spider (Genus: Agelenopsis). Eggs are typically laid in late summer or fall and spiderlings emerge the following spring....A female that has mated with a male can produce more than one egg sac. For some species, it’s common to see two sacs at a time, side by side, attached to a ...
You almost certainly mean the Tristan Thrush, Turdus eremita, which is endemic to Tristan da Cunha. The species is considered to be an opportunistic omnivorous scavenger, but their diet includes the eggs and chicks of many seabird species, as well as the adults of some smaller seabird species. The Wikipedia page for the species mentions that Tristan Thrush ...
I didn't watch the game, but from what I've seen on the internet it was the Silver Y (Autographa gamma), drawn there by the lights while migrating http://theconversation.com/moths-expert-match-report-on-ronaldo-insect-encounter-at-euro-2016-final-62314
I couldn't really be completely sure by this picture alone so I did some searching around and turns out it is a Autographa Gamma(Silver Y)
I think this is an Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus), see the image (First from the Wikipedia article, the second from here, interestingly taken in Irvine): You can see the distinctive spot around the eye and also the colored feathers on the back. Also, this bird is too big to be a duck.
It looks to me like a male Argia fumipennis violacea
It is a male Green Darner. Pretty common in general, especially in the US.
It's an anhinga, as@kmm commented. There's nothing wrong with it; it's not deformed in any visible (to me) way. They spread their wings to dry, as they are ddarting birds that do not float on the surface of the water, but beneath it. Here's one drying itself on a turtle.
Some sort of passionflower (genus Passiflora). They have very distinctive flowers. Could possibly be Passiflora miniata.
Like @skymningen thought, this is a Clematis. However, the only wild Clematis in the Netherlands is Clematis vitalba, that has much smaller flowers (about 2 cm diameter) see "Heukels' Flora van Nederland" (the official Dutch flora) and here. So you have photographed a plant that "escaped" from a garden. Most garden Clematis are hybrids from Chinese or ...
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