I needed a change and thought I’d go for a theme with a light background. Resonar looks pretty smart I think, so I’m giving it a go. A few days ago during a sunny spell we had a lovely ‘Common Blue‘ butterfly stop by and I managed to grab the camera and take a few … Continue reading New Theme and Blue Butterfly
My hubby recently built me a moth trap but as soon as he’d finished it the weather immediately turned rainy and windy, so I had to wait. Last night seemed pretty good so we set it up, and this morning I rushed down to see if I’d caught anything. The first thing I noticed was … Continue reading The Moth Trap
A surprise in the garden yesterday when my hubby called me and said a praying mantis had just killed something. I grabbed my camera. The female mantis, hanging on a rock wall, had very recently killed a grasshopper which was bigger than she was. The poor old grasshopper’s head and other bits were on the … Continue reading Praying Mantis Having Dinner
The Praying Mantis : Mantis religiosa Invertebrate Carnivore Female praying mantises often decapitate and eat their partners during mating Praying mantises skewer their victims with lightning speed Many ancient cultures held special beliefs about the praying mantis Praying mantises have bulging eyes and heads that can swivel 180 degrees The praying mantis eats nothing but … Continue reading It’s the P.M, (Praying Mantis) not Theresa May!
Mrs stag beetle was not impressed to be photographed while wearing a cobweb! Continue reading Mrs Stag
These hummingbird hawk moths arrived yesterday, feeding on the same plant as the ‘regulars’. I have never seen this colour before, they’re just beautiful, and much more vivid. Does anyone know if they have a specific name? I’ve found a few pictures on Google but no information. Compared to the type we have always … Continue reading Different Colour! : Hummingbird Hawk Moth
The bush crickets have been serenading us, there must be hundreds in the woods, zizzing in the hot and humid evening! Continue reading The Chirpers are at it!
These shots were taken at a nearby pond some years ago with my old Fuji-Finepix S5800. The dragonflies are so fast and on the go so much it’s hard to get a decent shot – and from a distance! I did rather love this shot. I think the dragon fly may be laying her … Continue reading Dragon Flies
I’m assuming these are both damsel flies. If anyone knows exactly what type they are I’d love to know! Continue reading Damsels
Visiting our lilac this year are the swallowtail butterflies, one of a number of butterfly visitors. One tail seems to be missing! A curly pollen-covered tongue! Continue reading Swallowtails
Known in France as the Frelon Asiatique these hornets are a threat to bee colonies, they also hunt a range of other insects. They’re supposed to have a pretty serious sting, which is slightly worrying in that they are attracted to a bush in our garden, a bush which I have to pass close to … Continue reading Asian Hornet
The Earth is for Miners It’s not just man that digs and delves – these are tiny miner bees, notice their legs covered in pollen They dig down and create little cone-shaped casts Then one of them appears to guard the entrance We have six or eight of their little mining casts in the centre … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth