Bet you can’t much more of this, eh?
This one is straightforward though.
That, Dear Reader, is a Red Soldier Beetle Rhagonycha fulva. I am more certain of this identification than I am of any chafer of any kind. But how much attention did you pay to the picture? Other than the ‘yellow flowered plant that looks like many other yellow plants that I haven’t worked out how to identify yet’ did you see another patch tick? Oh, yes – they are coming so thick and fast that I cannot keep up the documentary evidence (don’t worry, it’ll give me something to do in winter). Behold…
That is the caterpillar of the Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae. A question raises it’s head. Is it legitimate to tick a caterpillar for a moth that you haven’t seen (albeit only in the patch). Isn’t that a bit like ticking a bird’s egg?