Butterfly Privilege

This is a wasp (Vespula vulgaris): Wasps can sting. What do you usually do if you see one? Run away? Swat at it with a rolled up magazine? Panic? But what are the chances of the wasp actually stinging you? Quite low, unless it perceives you as a threat. But still, many of us areContinue reading “Butterfly Privilege”

Make yourself at home

I spent some time in the garden today watching the solitary bees investigating my bee hotel. One of the holes seemed particularly popular. Here’s solitary bee 1 helpfully pointing to the most popular hole: In case I needed further persuasion of the benefits of this hole over any of the others, little bee entered toContinue reading “Make yourself at home”

Busy as a Bee (but not a Bee!)

It’s hard to carry on as normal when the world is in chaos and we’re all wondering what will happen. But it’s important for our mental health to try and do normal things, especially when there is nothing practical we can do to make things better. We can feel helpless and anxious, so keeping busyContinue reading “Busy as a Bee (but not a Bee!)”

April

April brings new life, new warmth, and the insects are returning after a quiet winter. I looked back at previous Aprils and found these images of some of the first insects of each year. I’m looking forward to seeing more insects this April, even some of my favourite insects towards the end of the monthContinue reading “April”

Best of 2018

Happy New Year, dear readers. I thought I’d have a look back at my most popular posts from 2018. I’ve used the WordPress stats page to see which posts had the most views, and here’s the top 10: It’s been lovely to look through my old posts, especially as I haven’t taken many photos lately.Continue reading “Best of 2018”

Creatures of Compton Acres

Yesterday’s tiny caterpillar wasn’t the only creature spotted at Compton Acres. There sadly weren’t any dragonflies or damselflies around, probably because it was a little cooler and not their ideal conditions, but there were other creatures to be found. First this Hoverfly who seems to be rubbing its hands (legs) in glee about something, likeContinue reading “Creatures of Compton Acres”

Here be Dragons

Well, it’s been a while since my last dragonfly photo, and I was feeling the lack of it. Lately I’ve taking a lot of photos of horses and ponies and hadn’t had much opportunity for other smaller creatures. However this weekend I’ve been pottering round the garden taking photos, then this morning felt I hadContinue reading “Here be Dragons”

Hot Dragon

We ventured out to Cors Caron today, even though it is still very hot (well, hot for the UK). We only managed a short walk before deciding it was just too hot for us. I spotted a female Black Darter dragonfly having the same kind of problem. She was ‘obelisking’ to keep cool. The obelisk posture isContinue reading “Hot Dragon”

Grasshopper Hide-and-Seek

Grasshoppers seem to taunt me at times… I can hear them but I can’t see them. However today I was lucky enough to track down a couple of them in the garden. They seem to be aware when they’re being watched and sometimes shuffle around a blade of grass to hide. When you move left,Continue reading “Grasshopper Hide-and-Seek”

A Beautiful Photobook from Saal Digital

First off, a disclaimer – I was given a voucher to cover the cost of a photobook from Saal Digital, in return for an review. Having said that, my review is entirely honest, so please read on 🙂 Creating the photobook The first step was to go to the Saal Digital site online and chooseContinue reading “A Beautiful Photobook from Saal Digital”