Archive for March, 2010

Wild violets

Posted in oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 28 March 2010 by bramblejungle

I don’t know where these came from – I didn’t notice them last year, but they seem to be everywhere now – brought in by birds, I guess. I think they’re the Early Dog Violet, Viola reichenbachiana (please comment if they aren’t!)
Violets

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Horned leafhopper

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 21 March 2010 by bramblejungle

I found this, looking a bit like a dead leaf, sitting on the lid of the garden waste bin. It’s only 5mm or so long, but the folks at British Bugs tell me it’s the nymph of Ledra aurita, aka Horned Leafhopper. Adults can get up to 18mm long but are rarely seen because of their superb camouflage; they live on lichen, mostly on oak trees: no idea where this nymph came from, as there’s no oak in the immediate vicinity, but I’ll be looking closely at lichen-covered trees!
Leafhopper (Ledra aurita) nymph

Bird-table rook

Posted in birds, garden, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 14 March 2010 by bramblejungle

This rook is now a regular visitor, hanging from the fat-ball feeder (I nearly said “like a bluetit”, but that’s a bit of a stretch of the imagination). Rooks are intelligent – recent research suggests they are as good at using tools as chimpanzees, and I don’t suppose this one is the first to discover fat-balls, so I guess the question is why this one – and why only one, not the whole flock?
Bird-table rook

First ladybird of the year

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 7 March 2010 by bramblejungle

Ladybird

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