|Hawthorn Shieldbug, Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale|
On Sunday August 3rd I visited Oxford with my metal detecting club. I enjoyed visits to the Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The Pitt Rivers Museum is part of the OUMNH and I remember visiting it as a kid. The insect section of the museum engaged my interest - it is a wonderful example of how museums used to display their natural history collections. I visited the Natural History Museum at South Kensington on Saturdays as a kid and wondered at the beetles and other insects on display. Now everything is themed. I hope kids still get motivated by what they see in the modern displays, but I'm not convinced.
|Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus|
|Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola|
|False Map Turtle, Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica and another Turtle, Graptemys species|
|Green-veined White, Pieris napi|
|Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus|
|Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella|