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Day 8 & 9 #30DaysWild

Day 8
My day was mainly filled with (necessary) housework, not a particularly wild thing to do. Though short pause was needed to escort a Ground Beetle out the back door so I could continue vacuuming! I did take a break, stretch my legs and get some sun. I took a short walk around my neighbourhood wild patch. Not only was it nice to feel the warm summer air on my skin, but I also spotted my first, second and third Damselfly of the year!

Day 8


Day 9
Today has been full of much needed rest and relaxation! This did include another walk around my neighbourhood wild patch and also a little further into the surround fields

Though I had only visited the wild patch 24 hours earlier, I knew that some things would have remained the same, but there’s always something different to see!

The bees that yesterday covered the invading gooseberry bushes, were still busily buzzing round the flowers today. The call of a Whitethroat filling the whole area with song was again singing loudly today! But the three Damselflies I spotted yesterday were now joined by an abundance of the little beauties! The Large White butterflies were fluttering in the sun just like yesterday, but now Speckled Wood butterflies also enjoying the warm sun light on the trees. The songs of the Chiffchaff and Great Tit of yesterday were now joined by the accompanying calls of their newly fledged chicks! And to cap off today’s visit, as I arrived the air was cut through with the piercing cries of a low flying Buzzard that flew just a feet about the meadow as it departed!

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My walk into the fields did take me past an ice cream van. A FAB was bought and thoroughly enjoyed, as was the aerial display from the House Martins and Swallows!

As I relished a slow walk home I noticed a couple of Wolf Spiders stood proud over their egg sacks. I stopped to take a closer look. I started to count … I got to 20 and gave up as I noticed another group close-by. There must have been 40, possible even 50 individuals in a few square metres of the long grass! Quite a sight to see!

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Day 5 #30DaysWild

On a beautiful summer day like today, my front door is a real sun trap! I decided it was time to see what wildlife lived on my doorstep (quite literally). So I stepped outside and sat down on my door mat.


I was thrilled to see how much life was there, I step by them every day and I see them, they are part of my life. But sitting there spending time watching all those amazing little creatures was mesmerising!

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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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Eight Legged Freaks

Having used a spider photo in my previous blog, and after reading a blog @aBugBlog about spiders, I thought I would share a few of my favourite spider photos and memories!

Mary-Jane 2Mary-Jane 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary-Jane 3Mary-Jane 4

 

 

 

 

 

Mary-Jane, an Orb Web Spider, named by my flatmate in honour of Spiderman‘s girlfriend/wife (depending on which graphic novel/film/cartoon you like!). She sat in our porch all winter, hunkered down, legs tucked in under her body. My flatmate recounts how I walked up to Mary-Jane one night – her front legs were splayed out, and as I approached saying ‘look at you all spread out’ I threw my arms out and went ‘RAGH’ at Mary-Jane in mimicry of her posture and attitude. This rather amused my flatmate who still likes to remind me of the day I forgot myself!

Garden SpiderGarden Spider and Ladybird

 

 

 

 

Garden Spider and WaspGarden Spider and Honeybee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn of 2010 saw the UK entertain a huge population of Garden Spiders; I was finding them everywhere as they dined on ladybirds, wasps and honeybees. Looking at these spiders was my turning point, I had never really taken to spiders till this influx. Taking a closer look I realised just how amazing these creatures are as my skin-crawling feeling dissipated.

Nursey Web Spider

Nursey Web Spider

Then, of course, we have Nursery Web Spiders. They are diligent parents, carefully carrying their huge white egg sacks underneath their grey and brown striped body.

Harvestman

Not all spiders are compacted tough looking things, some look delicate and intricate! I found these Harvestman on a walk at local Nature Reserve. I very nearly missed them even though they where sat right beneath an information sign!

Tiny Spider 1Tiny Spider 2

 

 

 

 

Tiny Spider 3Tiny Spider 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are tiny spiders that we walk past every day, so often ignored or unnoticed. It’s only when you take a closer look you appreciate the intricate pattern and beautiful structure of both the animal and its web!

Crab Spider

One weekend I headed out for a drive looking for somewhere nice to explore with my camera, and I didn’t get far before an opportunity arose to capture an image of a fascinating creature! This Crab Spider sat on my red car couldn’t have stood out more if it had tried!

Bonfire Spider

This delicate little spider, silhouetted against the orange light of a roaring bonfire caught my attention in the middle of a fireworks display! It is amongst my favourite photographs, in a set of photographs I call ‘Bonfire Spider’! I’ve never tried to make an identification of the species, I’ve never wanted to! Despite my scientific background, sometimes it’s okay to let a spider just be a spider!

House Spider

And finally, an Autumn Watch favourite, the House Spider! The spider that can make a pitter patter from walking on a plastic bag; set your watch to their daily patrol; climb your curtains. These are pets that allow you share their home!

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