FIELDS AND MEADOWS IN JUNE OF 2015

It was a hot summer day and I was rambling around the coastal area a couple of kilometers from the village that goes by the name of Liznjan. I drove five or six kilometers to get there, parked the car at the end of the asphalt road, and then continued walking along the dusty roads that lead to the sea.

Here you can see my shadow that followed me the whole time.

I encountered plenty of insects along the way. Here you can see one of the Coccinella septempunctata ladybirds that I photographed on that occasion.

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I came across more of these very common ladybirds later and I took a few more shots.

At one point, about a hundred meters from the place where I parked my car ...

... I passed by a pretty large building that was still under construction back then in 2015.

Can't tell you how the thing looks now. I assume that is finished. I visited that area two years ago but don't remember seeing the building. Not because it isn't there, I'm pretty sure it is, but with so much interesting natural stuff around, my mind just skipped over it.

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Here you can see another beautiful beetle that I found in the tall grass. This is the Lytta vesicatoria, a species from the Meloidae family.

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In some places, the grass was pretty dry and yellow.

This scene was photographed in one of those areas. A pair of common red soldier beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) was mating on the fluffy top of the dried-out grass.

On the same stretch of coastline, on the narrow path very close to the sea, I came across a friend from the city of Pula. He was also enjoying the fresh, salty air of that seaside area. Soon after this encounter ...

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... I found more ladybirds on the wild carrot flower. The bigger one is the Coccinella septempunctata, a species that was introduced earlier in the post. The smaller, slightly elongated one is the Hippodamia variegata.

This larva was photographed on the stem of grass not far from there. This is the larval stage of the Coccinella septempunctata ladybird.

Here you can see a cockroach. A small, shiny black cockroach with a beautiful, intricate pattern on its wings. I can't tell you the name of the species, but the family is definitively Ectobiidae.

In this photograph, you can take a look at the grass in the light of the late afternoon.

This butterfly, the Colias croceus, was photographed a kilometer or two further ...

... in an area with cultivated fields, where the vegetation was more green ...

... and some plants were in bloom.

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Some of those fields were overgrown with wild plants but not so long ago, cabbages were growing there. Some cabbages were still there, surrounded by dense wild flora, and they produced a multitude of flowers. Among those cabbage flowers, I photographed this lovely gray-haired bee. I can't tell you the name or anything else about the species. Couldn't find anything similar among the bees and bumblebees on my fairly long Internet search expedition.

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I also photographed two arachnids in that same field. This Phalangium opilio harvestman ...

... and the small, juvenile Neoscona adianta spider.

AND THAT'S IT. AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.

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