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
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
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 Naked Woman and the Moth I’m serious, this really happened yesterday morning! I wandered into the kitchen in ‘the altogether’ about seven o’clock and peered out of the window, checking for squirrels or birds etc. Nothing furred or feathered in view but then heavens above I see on the window in the corner by … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise No.2
The Carpenter Bee – Abeille charpentiere – Xylocopa violacea A solitary bee about 25mm to 30mm long, glossy black all over with sparse black hairs. The opaque wings are dark brown with a lilac coloured sheen. Today is warm and sunny and they are coming to the winter jasmine. I’ve been trying to snap a … Continue reading The Carpenter Bee
You never know what you’ll find when you lift up a log. On this occasion it was Mr Woodlouse. Continue reading Woodlouse