Dragonflies

A Dragonfly’s life begins in the water and remains there for up to five years. The part of the life-cycle that we usually see is very brief and is only a fraction of their lifetime. In order to reach they point where they appear to be the king of the airways, they must survive and growContinue reading “Dragonflies”

More Hoppers

I mentioned grasshoppers in my last post and there wasn’t just that one that I included in the post … there were loads! It made me laugh seeing them springing around everywhere as I walked through the grass near the village pond. I was trying to identify these but it seems like telling grasshopper species apartContinue reading “More Hoppers”

Meet Sally Stonefly

Welcome to my garden, Sally Stonefly! I’m not just going around giving insects names, honestly! I found this interesting insect in my garden yesterday evening and spent a long time trying to work out what it was. Eventually I discovered it was a Common Yellow Sally Stonefly (Isoperla grammatica) … Sally Stonefly for short 🙂Continue reading “Meet Sally Stonefly”

Bee-draggled

I found this bee yesterday. It’s some kind of Adrena bee (not a bumble or a honey bee). It seemed rather bee-draggled (ha ha I’m so funny) and wasn’t moving much. I was a bit worried about this poor bee, so I tried to give it some sugar-water, without much success. On the plus side,Continue reading “Bee-draggled”

On the way to somewhere

This 14-spot Ladybird seemed to be busily moving with purpose, on its way somewhere. It hard to know where it was heading but it was definitely on the way to somewhere… In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “On the Way.”

Bee Memories

Here’s a lovely little bee for you from a week or two back, before the weather turned wet and blustery. Remember the bees? They swarmed in our house, which was a tad unfortunate, and then set up home in the soffits of our roof. We grew quite fond of them after a while as theyContinue reading “Bee Memories”

Scary Shieldbug

I’ve grown quite used to spotting shieldbugs all around the place. Usually they’re the same shade of green as the leaf they’re sitting on, as they’re the common Green Shieldbugs. But at the weekend I spotted this scary fellow: He’s certainly not as camouflaged as the green ones, and seems rather more viscious – satContinue reading “Scary Shieldbug”