Archive for September, 2013

End of Summer

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 29 September 2013 by bramblejungle

Moths and earwigs are finishing off the blackberries

Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)The Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)Earwig (Forficula auricularia)

Ladybirds are preparing to hibernate

There are caterpillars,
CaterpillarStill munching
Liaison dangereuseWalnut orb-weaver (Nuctenea umbratica)
and all kinds of fungi
Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)Field mushroomsFungusBrown roll-rim (Paxillus involutus)

Gears in the garden

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 22 September 2013 by bramblejungle

Issus coleoptratus nymph

Not a new photo – taken last May – but great to hear that Issus coleoptratus (specifically the nymph, shown here) has been found to use a system of meshed cogs to synchronise its jumping legs, the first time that a gear-type mechanism has been observed in nature. Here’s a link to the story.

It’s not really surprising that evolution has come up with solutions to problems like the speed that signals travel along nerves, but the fact that we have only just discovered it does tell us that there’s a lot more to be discovered!

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