Category Archives: British Insects

Welcoming a wasp to my picnic!

In July I had a rather tasty picnic, it gave me the chance to observe some rather cool behaviour by scavenging wasp! Early in the summer season, wasps are on the hunt for food, anything meaty for their grub sisters. That might be an unfortunate insect, or a scrap of chicken from my picnic!

The drum stick was up down on the plate, for just a moment and this opportunist wasp decided to tuck in! I watched with fascination as it gnawed off an impressive chunk of the meat and then the small insect flew off with it between its legs.

No my friend didn’t continue to eat the chicken, but yes it was left for other wasps to help themselves!

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My photograph of the month for August

With the beautiful sunny weather of August and a new camera to play with, I had a lot of fun with photography this month. My only problem was when I came to do this blog, I had a lot of photos to chose from. In the end I settled on this photo.

I was photographing the Banded Demoiselles along the canal when this little beauty positioned itself perfectly on a stem of grass. Underneath, almost hidden, a patient spider waited. The demoiselle was only there for a moment and then off it flew, dancing in the gentle summer’s breeze.

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My photograph of the month for May, June and July

I know I have let my monthly blog of my photography slide for the last few months. So this month I’m going to play catch up. Here is my photos for May, June and July.

May
Having a picnic outside in the sunshine, I began to feel like I wasn’t alone! Looking around I realised a large number of rooks had gathered … waiting … watching. It’s fair to say that they were likely waiting for any left behind crumbs. It did have a feeling of the scene from “The Birds”!

May

June
The month of 30 Days Wild, so much wild and so many photos. It was great! It was difficult to chose my photo for June, it was this colouful Painted Lady that won!

June

July
The weather was rather tough this month, either cold and wet or stiflingly hot. But with the heat, there was sun, so I did make the most of the lovely sunny days. I had the opportunity to watch a flock of starlings having a bath and a splash. It was so much fun to see and photograph.

July

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#30DaysWild – highlights from 2019

Here are my highlights from #30DaysWild 2019. Moving house, while working full time and joining in with 30 Days Wild wasn’t easy, but it was very worth it!

One of the best things I have done all month is putting up the bird feeder in my new home. It didn’t take long for the birds to find it! I now have regular visits from Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows. I also have Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons hovering up the dropped crumbs. Winding down from a day at work, I now find myself sitting with my cuppa and watching my new feathered friends!

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#30DaysWild – Day 29 – Oak tree of life

I stopped today to admire the grandeur of an old oak tree, yet it was the little tiny lives being lived on the bark that got my full attention.

The whole trunk was alive, from the ants heaving their heavy prey to their nest, to the ladybird larvae wandering cross the cracks in the bark and the weavil who eyed me with care as I took its portrait. It was a marvel!

I was only with the tree 10 minutes but I was blown away by the diversity of life that was supported by the bark of the tree trunk. So much more life in the branches and leaves above that I can only imagine!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 27 – Exploring my friend’s beautiful garden!

I went to visit my friend today. Before we sat down for our cuppa and a catch up, I went on an exploration of her beautiful garden. She has left the bottom part of her garden to grow wild, but even the planted and managed part of her garden is full of wildlife. All the gorgeous colourful flowers are ideal for bees and butterflies. A great home for our precious pollinators.

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#30DaysWild – Day 23 – Macro photos on a mobile phone

My mobile isn’t exactly the smartest of phones, and the camera is far from DSLR quality in terms of photos. However, I was given a little gadget at Christmas that has been rather fun to play with, and that’s a clip-on mobile macro lens. The amount of detail that shows through is amazing.

So today I decided to get a little closer to nature and took my phone and clip-on lens out into the wild. These are some of the photos I managed to take.

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#30DaysWild – Day 22 – Butterflies

I haven’t seen many butterflies this year, but today I managed to spy 4 species of butterfly. I saw a Peacock, a Red Admiral, a Common Blue and a Small Skipper. I caught a few photos to share with you.

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#30DaysWild – Day 20 – Appreciating the wild world

Today I was able to spend some peaceful time appreciating the wild world around me. I got to listen to the birds sing, admire some beautiful bugs and adore the colourful splendour of wildflowers!

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#30DaysWild – Day 19 – Life (and death) among the buttercups

While wandering through a meadow I spotted a cluster of buttercups. I stopped to take a closer look and found a microcosm of life among the petals, with each flower having its own story to tell.

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