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#30DaysWild – Day 6 – My friend’s garden and lots of happy bees!

Today I went to visiting a friend. She is a passionate gardener and it shows, her garden is beautiful, so full of colour and life.

After a cup of tea and a catch up, we stepped out into the stunning summer garden. There were so many bees, butterflies and bugs! There was one plant in particular that caught my eye – Buxton’s blue geranium. It was covered in 4 different species of bees! There were honey bees as well as carder bees, red-tailed bumblebees and buff-tailed bumblebees!

But it wasn’t just bees, there were mullein moth caterpillars, lots of wolf spiders carrying their silken egg sacks, a holly blue butterfly and a cinnabar.

The whole time we were serenaded by a very loud blackbird!

With great company, the warmth of the sun, some beautiful bird song and watching some lovely bugs … it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

Day 6

 

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 5 – Gardening

My garden is most definitely a wildlife garden.

Lots of colourful, nectar rich plants including wildflowers I’ve grown from seeds.

But I had noticed it was getting more than a little over grown! So today, as it was a little cooler than previous days, I decided to get it a little under control.

The hard work was punctuated by finding some rather lovely bugs! Including a caterpillar gorging its self on a rosebud. All while two male blackbirds kept chasing each other across the garden. I  also found plenty evidence of hedgehogs too, all in the form of scat!

Best moment of the day was when a buzzard flew a few meters over head, followed closely by an angry mob of Jackdaws! Fantastic!

Now it is time for me to sit back and enjoy a cuppa with a good book about ants!

Day 5

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#30DaysWild day 10 & 11

Day 10 – Starlings

A blustery day at work ended with a few magical moments watching a small group of Starlings, all foraging in a windswept patch of grass.

Day 11 – Beetles, bees & blooms

Today I took the opportunity to appreciated beetles and bees revel in the nectar and pollen provided by beautiful wildflowers.

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#30DaysWild day 7 & 8 – a days rest and a day with bugs!

Day 7
I was feeling under the weather, so going outside was a bad plan. My day 7 was spent under the duvet with Springwatch Live running in the back ground of my snoozing.

Day 8
Despite the inclement weather, I’ve managed to have quite a wild day.

I have found some bugs in some unlikely places! A Woodlouse making it home on my friends desk, a Lesser Stag Beetle in the kitchen and finally a White Ermine in the toilets at work!

The bugs got returned to the green outdoors. I managed to film the Lesser Stag Beetle take her first steps in her new home.

I also made a trip down to the nature reserve at work again, I watched a Buzzard being mobbed by 3 Jackdaws. I spotted my first Speckledwood of the year and had the brief opportunity to admire a view of a female Scorpionfly.

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My photograph of the month for April

Choosing this month’s photograph was a tough one! All the new life has exploded everywhere!

Flowers, birds and insects have been brought forth by the promise of the sun’s warmth. I have spent a lot of time admiring the gorgeous yellow glows of dandelions that have filled the local grass verges. Bringing colour for us and much needed pollen and nectar to our early insect risers! I have seen many bees like this one, revelling in the pollen provisions of these precious golden blooms.

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You can have a peek at my photograph from last month here.

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Day 22 #30DaysWild

In honour of National Insect Week I went out bug hunting today, equipped with my pooter!

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My 2014 in wildlife photographs: Part 1 – Butterflies & Moths, and other Bugs!

For one reason or another I haven’t had the opportunity to blog much this year. I still made sure that I seized every opportunity to photograph wildlife in all its beauty and glory!

I decided to have a look over my photos from 2014 today, I was reminded of some of the most incredible animals I had witnessed over the last 12 months. I thought I would put together a blog, which quickly became the 2 blogs that I am posting today and tomorrow!

Part 1 – Butterflies & Moth, and other Bugs!

Part 2 – Birds and Mammals

I’ve chosen 12 of my photographs of butterflies & moths from 2014, one for each month of the year!

Scarlet Tiger MothSmall Skipper

 

 

 

Meadow BrownFemale Vapour Moth

 

 

 

 

Common BlueComma and fly

 

 

 

 

Small WhiteSmall Tortoiseshell

 

 

 

Red Admiral

Six-Spot Burnet

Green Vein White

Peacock

 

The other Bugs!

This year I have encountered some truly intriguing and beautiful bugs, all sizes, shapes and colours! Such a rich diversity, picking out only 12 photographs of these incredible and essential creatures was rather difficult. Here, after much pondering, are 12 of my photographs of bugs I found 2014.

Fungus WeevilCrab Spider

 

 

 

Chafer BeetleBee!

 

 

 

 

Honeybee

Wood AntWasp beetle

 

 

 

 

Vine WeevilSpider and prey

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny-little bee at Kinver EdgeLonghorn Beetle at Knapp and Papermill

 

 

 

 

 

Banded Damselfly

Which leaves me with only one last thing to do this New Years Eve, and that to wish you all a wonderful New Year!

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