Category Archives: Invertebrate

#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 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.

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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Bountiful Bees

Today for me has been all about bees!

My bee socks and earrings. The Honeybee I plucked from the torment of my bedroom window and returned to the freedom of outdoors. The Red Mason Bees sunning themselves on the bricks of my house. It has given me a real feeling of spring!

It’s not the buzz of beautiful queen bumblebees that gets me excited. It is the tiny, unnoticed delightful solitary bees that fill me with glee!

I have already reached for my camera to photograph the bees this spring. Here are some of my highlights …

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#30DaysWild – Day 30 – Visited an old wild haunt!

Today I visited a nature reserve I hadn’t been for a few years, Avon Meadows Community Wetlands at the edge of Pershore. It was I place I use to regularly visit, so I wondered what changes I would see.

I have seen so many wild patches turned into housing estates. A small field becoming a cramped area of brick, mortar and tarmac. Nothing wild left or even welcome. So I was worried I would arrive to see this lovely wetlands gone. A forgotten memory of something green and good.

But I needn’t have worried. Not only was the place still there, but clearly there have been great efforts to enhance the area for wildlife. There was an area with no public access, a bird hide and a sculpture of a heron.

I was thrilled to see that this beautiful place had been embraced and was clearly cared about!

Day 30

 

#30DaysWild – Day 24 – Bug hunting

With it being the last day of National Insect Week, today I went on a bug hunt!

Taking a stroll around farmer’s field, I saw an amazing array of insects. A wonderfully relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Day 24

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#30DaysWild – Day 23 – Butterfly walk

On my search for beetles on Tuesday, I was stopped on 2 separate occasions by dog walkers asking me what I was looking for. I explained how I hoped to find a few beetle species for both 30 Days Wild and National Insect Week. Each time the people in question were fascinated and we talked for quite a while about the plight of insects and also local wildlife hot spots.

Today I decided to investigate one of those tips and was very pleasantly surprised!
I wanted to find some butterflies, I wasn’t sure that I would find many species as there quite a breeze. Clearly the day’s warmth was enough to entice them out.

On my walk to, around and home from the place I was recommended, I saw 9 species of butterfly! Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock and Red Admiral. I was well chuffed!

Next time I see those dog walkers, I shall thank them for the tip!

Day 23

 

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 21 – The Great British Bee Count

As we are in the middle of 2018’s Great British Bee Count and it’s National Insect Week, I thought it was appropriate to go find some bees!

I was lucky enough to find Buff-tailed bumblebees, Red-tailed bumblebees, Ashy miner bees, Leaf-cutter bees, Honey bees and a few other species of solitary bees too! I submitted all my finds on the Great British Bee Count app.

An afternoon finding my favourite creatures and helping with a citizen science project has definitely been a lot of fun and felt very worthwhile!

Run by Friends of the Earth and supported by Buglife, it’s a great bit of citizen science to get involved with! If you would like to have a go, you can find out all about it on the website here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bee-count

Day 21

 

 

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