As is my usual way, when given a word by the Weekly Photo Challenge, I think about how it could be applied in my world of nature and small things. While pondering the word, I thought about the biological definition of an order: Order Definition (1) (taxonomy) A taxonomic rank used in classifying organisms, generally…… Continue reading Odonata

To Bee or not to Bee

If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear this was a Bumblebee… what about you? The trick to telling that this is not a bee is to look at his eyes. See how big they are? That’s because he’s not a bee, he’s a Hoverfly. Specifically the Bumble Bee mimicking Hoverfly, Volucella bombylans. Even more specifically,…… Continue reading To Bee or not to Bee

Shieldbug Secrets

  Did you know that both these photos are of the same species of Shieldbug (Palomena prasina – the Common Green Shieldbug)? No? Neither did I until fairly recently when I discovered “instars” – these are phases the bug goes through between moults. So it moults off its exoskeleton and inside is a slightly more…… Continue reading Shieldbug Secrets