Archive for April, 2012

Little things…

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 26 April 2012 by bramblejungle

Not a lot of bug life around in this wet weather, but I found a couple of leafhoppers: Eupteryx florida (common on deadnettle) Eupteryx florida and this, which might be Zyginella pulchra (if it is, why is it on birch instead of its usual maple?) Leafhopper Meanwhile may as well practise on ants Ant

Ready for the bug season

Posted in oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 21 April 2012 by bramblejungle

Some bugs are nocturnal, and I’d hate to miss them, so I’ve transferred the old headlamp to the new camera: Midnight macro kit It seems to work, but after a heavy shower there don’t seem to be a lot of bugs to test it on – luckily this snail didn’t mind being used as a model Snail

More Spring activity

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 14 April 2012 by bramblejungle

As we move into Spring, ladybirds are already tackling aphids7-spot ladybird attacking an aphid

The common bee-fly, Bombylius major, is looking for solitary bee nests where it lays its eggsBee fly (Bombylius major)

This nursery-web spider is looking for a mealNursery web spider - Pisaura mirabilis

and Red Kites are around (as usual, but they make great photos)Red kite (Milvus milvus)

Pollinators

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 12 April 2012 by bramblejungle

Between the showers, today’s April sunshine brought some early pollinators out of hiding:
Tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva)Solitary beeAnother solitary beeHoverfly (Eristalis sp.?)Common carder bee (Bombus Pascuorum)

Scarlet tigers

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 1 April 2012 by bramblejungle

Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula) caterpillar
Last week there were quite a few Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillars at Butts Piece. Today I found one; perhaps last night’s frost killed the earliest of them, or perhaps they went to ground and will emerge when it gets warmer – I’ll keep an eye on them.

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