I like to find the names of things. I’m not usually satisfied to title a photo ‘blue flower’ or ‘some kind of insect’. I like names. Sometimes it takes me ages to figure out what something is called, scouring various websites trying to match my plant or creature to one described.
Here are some of the things I’ve had to find names for over the last year. Most of them are things that were new to me this year, or if I’d seem them before I hadn’t found out what they were called. It’s always surprising that even though I generally stick to visiting the same areas again and again, I can still find something new!
By the way if you think any of my IDs are incorrect, please let me know – I’m always learning 🙂
If you find yourself trying to identify a plant or creature, here are some really useful websites to help you. These are only relevant if you’re in the UK. I’m sure there are equivalent websites elsewhere though.
Yesterday in a walk around the village, it became apparent that this is a time of love and affection in the insect world. Wherever we looked there were beetles of various sorts ‘getting it on’! It was quite fascinating.
Spring-fever is definitely in full flow at the moment, and we have lots of babies to look forward to. Not just insects – there are birds nesting too, and we are often seeing baby rabbits when driving out of the village too.
This tough-looking creature was spotted in the garden yesterday evening. He wasn’t phased at all that Bruce tried to catch him in a plastic pot, and just looked up at me with this “what you looking at?” kind of attitude! He is a very nice specimen of a Wasp Beetle – very striking and colourful, with long legs. After a few photos he was returned to his bit of wood, where he proceeded to clean the human off him with great care! 🙂
There’s a little clearing down the road where there are often bugs to be seen, but there are also some lovely Dog Roses. This photo is looking closely into the heart of the flower at the stamens. In this case the flower was unoccupied, but often you’ll find they have beetles on board. Is it me, or do those beetles look strangely strokable and furry!?