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#30DaysWild – Day 22 – Doorstep bug hunt!

I decided to mark the beginning of National Insect Week with a bug hunt on my doorstep. It’s amazing how much life you can find with just one step outside!

I saw the ant nests busying along the step, several species of wasp (including a ruby-tailed wasp) sunning themselves on the warm house bricks, caterpillars and beetles resting in amongst the garden greenery. I even saw a leaf-cutter bee fly into a nest right at the edge of the door frame, it was the first time I’d seen it, I hope it won’t be the last.

I spotted more than just insects, I watched mites wandering around the white of the door itself, spiders poised in out-of-sight corners waiting for prey, and a solitary snail hidden away in the shade of leaves.

I was only outside for half an hour, but I could have stayed and watched all day.

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 11 – A great day for bugs!

The weather was so miserable this morning, so I was very glad when the sun came out in the afternoon. Even though the wind still blew, the sun shined through and it was a lovely day to be out. I also noticed that the bugs had embraced the warmth and were out in force. The flowers were covered in bees, beetles and flies, a few butterflies and damselflies braved the breeze. I saw amazingly camouflaged spider on a lichen covered stone wall, closer to the ground the wall had become mossy, perfect for a tiny snail.

Invertebrate are incredible, whether they are mollusc, arachnids or insects. They deserve a closer look!

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Australian encounters: Beetles

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today it is the turn of the beautiful beetles! Shining gems of the insect world! Only a few photographed (and one was a ladybird!), but they are a gorgeous group of insects!

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Australian encounters: Bees

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today it is the turn of the busy bees! I only managed to photograph a few individuals, and I wish I had seen a few more. I do marvel at how different these beautiful species look.

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Australian encounters: Butterflies and Moths

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today it is the turn of the beautiful butterflies and moths – with a couple of caterpillars too!

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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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#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 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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My photograph of the month for April

Wow! Hasn’t everything come alive in the last month! The sun has been so warm and welcoming. All the bugs are out too. I have had a wonderful month, enjoying spring. Watching the butterflies, bees and ants has been great fun.

My photograph for April is an interaction between these two tiny and fluffy solitary bees.

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The toil of Ants

I love to watch ants. Their toing-and-froing, busy foraging explorations and searching antennas!

The details of what they are doing can’t always be seen, but that is where I am grateful for macro-lens technology.

Spotting a newly formed entrance to a nest I could see these ants hard at work. Putting my camera down at their level I got to see just how hard they were working. Huge mouthfuls of sand being excavated and carried away.

Not only do I find it fascinating to watch, but I find the motion of ants going about their daily lives relaxing. I also find myself thankful that I don’t have to lift such weights, especially by just my jaw!

Ants might seems such tiny animals, but when I see them like this, I am struck with awe!

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