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October 2009

October 1st


Gray dotted beige brown, it is very young.

One can just imagine at the freckles on his throat, its future red bib of European robin that it will acquire after its first moult


[Juvénile Rougegorge familier]
(Paris 23 Sept 2009)

October 2nd



Caterpillar? No. But "fake caterpillar" from which no butterfly will emerge, but a small wasp, a sawfly.

These are these larvae that copy the larvae of Lepidoptera caterpillars but counterfeiters have made a small mistake! They have more than five pairs of prolegs (six for them) and that is how it is exposed.

They make funny movements, bowing, comma-shaped, simultaneously.

They devour with the appetite the leaves of this alder, which is also covered of spawning
Willow Emerald Damselflies

These tiny wasps lay eggs inside the leaves; the larvae attack the leaves around them.

Probably Croesus septentrionalis whose larvae settle on alder or birch.


Adults? I have not found the adult for the larva above, but here are some other sawfly adults displayed below.
They can be very different in appearance and there are about 800 species in France.

.Wearing socks...

Here is one wearing striped socks, that I tried unsuccessfully to identify. It is seeking the larvae above that I've finally found who it was.

It is a beautiful soft green

[Rhogogaster viridis] (Tenthrède verte).



Wasp like....

This one donned a wasp dress, very different. [Tenthredo (Allantus) scrophulariae]. 




Lover of pollen...

And I leave the last one covered with pollen in its buttercup as [Tenthredo sp.], because I could not identify it.


(Un peu plus sur les Tenthrèdes?Le site A. Ramel Avec un grand merci pour son site passionnant).

October 4th

Red Admiral [Vanessa atalanta - Nymphalidé -] (Vulcain) It fluttered on the stones where they like to alight to lick the of from fallen ripe fruits, grapes that day, too ripe the better it is! Only by seeing the picture closely I found her bad condition. It has surely much flied, its wings make you think of an old scrap of paper.


Another migratory.

He began to arrive in late April. In autumn some adults of the last generation can do the south journey.

A touch of patriotism in the underside.

(Paris Sept 2009)

October 5th

Come back.


The fall and we're back.

I see them more regularly.


.Intriguing to see this group of insects that resemble the well known classic "firebugs" without the good drawing.

These are well bugs called "firebugs" ("gendarmes" in French) but here they are "young". They are still in the larvae state (called pre-imaginal larvae) just until before their final moult.
For larvae, they have a really good adult activity.


(Paris 18 Sept 2009)

.Adults here.

Firebug. [Pyrrhocoris apterus - Heteroptera -] (Pyrrhocore aptère, Gendarme or Cherche-midi)


They are often found in the sun in large colonies like this. They regroup in the fall.

Enigmatic and hairy.
It's a Rose bedeguar gall (
Robin's pincushion gall, or Moss gall). A dog rose gall.
It is caused by a tiny wasp [Diplolepis eglanteriae or Diplolepis rosae] (
Cynips du rosier).

The insect lays its eggs in the stem of the wild rose that produces this amazing formation. The larvae over winter inside and emerge the following spring.

6 octobre

Autumn delicacies...

A small plum?
The fruit of decorative prunus. It seems she has tasted and not really liked it. A moment latter it will drop the fruit. Actually the fruit of the tree are in large quantities still intact.


Or a beautiful beechnut? Much better.
Very fat and nutritious, they are much appreciated.


Some are hard to reach.


It also inspects the horse chestnuts.

Rose-ringed Parakeet. [Psittacula Krameri] (Perruche à collier)

(Paris Oct 2009)

October 7th

Autumn fruits...

A little farther, the Jay [Garrulus glandarius] (
Geai des chênes).

He prefers to pick up acorns littering the ground

It carries tham in the pocket he has under his beak.
(Besides his neck here seems pretty big ...)


Especially at this time of year he can go and hide them under the bark of a tree or bury them under fallen leaves.

(Paris Oct 2009)

October 9th

Butterfly of the year!


Again a painted lady [Vanessa cardui] (Belle dame) in October.

They were particularly numerous this year to move north.

This one belong the latest fall generation and is very "fresh".

It will therefore perhaps have the chance to return to the country of its grandparents or great-grandparents in Africa in the Maghreb countries, to spend the winter at warm.

October 16th


It is not very hot these days, so those two rest together sunbathing.

It is a little common wall lizard; its dragonfly companion is a common darter which is about 4 cm long.


Not far away, this Small Copper or Common Copper [Lycaena phlaeas] (Cuivré commun,  Bronzé ) sits in the sun.
Always there, this little butterfly (2.5 cm), it  flies long-time from spring until late October. He has four generations a year.

This one, although a little tired, shined very nicely in the sun.
He lost a lot of scales but it so takes beautiful iridescent green colours.


This one, younger, sports the bright orange colour of the small copper.

October 21th

   The terror of pelargonium.

Brun du pélargonium

This pretty little butterfly (2-2.5 cm) is actually a gardener invader!

It is a pest that attacks only the Pelargonium (geranium) culture. Not to native geraniums (at least... for now, thankfully!).

This is the Geranium bronze [Cacyreus marshalli-Lycaenidae Polyommatina-] (Brun du pélargonium).

His country of origin is South Africa; an accident deposed it in the Balearic Islands, around the year 1988.

Since, he made his way, urban way because it loves cultured geranium. He climbed slowly to the north and is present everywhere but is especially abundant in the south. It is considered a pest.

He lays on the leaves, the stems and buds of pelargonium. Its caterpillar eats most the buds and stem but from within, growing and digging the plant and permanently destroying the entire plant.

Brun du pélargoniumTop evenly brown fringed with white.

Hind "queue" with a small black ocellus surrounded by white.

Brun du pélargonium


It is found from March to November.

Its caterpillar is first green and acquires pink lines over time.

It does not lay in the native geranium, its larvae can not feed on its vegetation.

It has no predators here and so it does as it likes with the geraniums. And more, we keep them warm indoors during the winter... It is very difficult to eradicate.

I found this Parisian installed on dahlias.

(Paris 191009)

October 22th

Grand cormoran

All black the Great black cormorant? Not! As a pinecone with emerald eyes.

Great Black Cormorant.
[Phalacrocorax carbo Pelecaniformes] (Grand cormoran)

October 30th


This little Mohican? A Mandarin duck.

[Aix-galericulata Anseriformes Anatidae-] (Canard mandarin)
It is native to eastern Asia. Introduced in England, he was naturalized.
Here in intermediate plumage. He lost his sumptuous wedding dress. After reproduction, it loses its beautiful plumage in late spring; sometimes up to resemble its brown female (it takes its eclipse plumage). He will resume its magnificent wedding plumage gradually, even as soon as in autumn.


(P floral 191009 Minimes 221009)


Here it is in spring in all its splendour.

It is a perching duck; it nests high in a tree hole. Sometimes at 10 m high. The chicks practice the jump... without elastic cord. Practically at birth, called by their mother, they must jump into the void to leave their tree.
Small balls land without problems.


The female is much more discreet. It is brown with white belly.
Red-billed, a small white spot for adults, dark beak and red spot for chicks.

(Montsouris 110408)

CarolinAnother colourful duck, also met in October: the Wood Duck [Aix sponsa, Anatidae, Anseriformes] (Canard Carolin)
Also called "Carolina Duck".

It is from ... Carolina. He also has been introduced as a decoration duck. It is found less often released because there has less well acclimated than the Mandarin.


Like its cousin, it is a perching duck which also nests in hollow trees and chick make also the leap to leave the nest.

(Vaires 131009)

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