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Early Summer

Posted in birds, bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife on 27 August 2017 by bramblejungle

“Variable” just about sums it up:

June – the Marjoram patch attracted a wide range of  hoverflies, bees and other invertebrates
Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) in flight Bombus terrestris?
Oak bush cricket (Meconema thalassinum) nymph

and Field Scabious appeared in the “meadow” Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)

July – butterflies, mostly a bit earlier than usual (and, of course, nowhere to be seen by the time of the Big Butterfly Count at the end of the month)

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), m
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

very few ladybirds, except some 22-spots breeding on a mildewed thistle
22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora 22-punctata) larva 22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora 22-punctata)
but it was good to see this chiffchaff catching insects in a plum tree
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

and many hoverflies, including several Volucella zonaria (the UK’s biggest hoverfly) Volucella zonaria
and its smaller cousin V. inanis
Volucella inanis

August isn’t quite over, so I’ll save that for another day.

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Spring at last

Posted in "Butts Piece", bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife on 12 April 2016 by bramblejungle

Despite heavy showers, spring is well under way and the usual signs – nesting birds, solitary bees, ladybirds, caterpillars… are everywhere:
Definitely Spring
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) 7-spot ladybird
Scarlet tigers doing well

Worth waiting

Posted in bumblebee, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 25 July 2013 by bramblejungle

After overnight rain the sun came out – and suddenly the marjoram patch was full of butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Here are a few (plus of course numerous small, large and green-veined whites, and the odd Red Admiral that I didn’t manage to capture):

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Bees on marjoram

Peacock (Inachis io)

Bees on marjoram

Hoverfly

Bees on marjoram

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Bees on marjoram

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Bees on marjoram

Moths instead

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 28 May 2012 by bramblejungle

I guess I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for butterflies, but meanwhile a few moths have turned up, including some I haven’t seen before. Trouble is I’m useless at identifying them, so please comment if I’ve got any wrong:

Chinese Character, named after the odd little scribble in the middle of its wing. Said to avoid predation by mimicking bird droppings. Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) Small Dusty Wave – very common, larvae feed on ivy.
Small dusty wave (Idaea seriata)? “Twenty-plume” moth (doesn’t actually have 20 plumes). Very small but one of my favourites. Lives on honeysuckle.
Alucita hexadactyla and a new one to me, I think the Buttoned Snout, which – if the ID is right – must have found some wild hops growing locally for its caterpillars to feed on. Buttoned Snout (Hypena rostralis) And of course there are bumblebees Bombus pratorum, m and leafhoppers too Leafhopper moulting

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)

It’s dangerous out there…

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 23 July 2010 by bramblejungle

Spiders, and worse, lurking under every leaf. This unsuspecting sawfly landed in the wrong place (and didn’t take off again):
Lunch

These tiny spiders will even tackle bumblebees:
Spider and bee

And if you can avoid the spiders, there are predatory bugs lying in wait:
Bug with prey

I think I’ll stay indoors.

Tree bees and more ladybirds

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , on 12 June 2010 by bramblejungle

In 2001, a new bumblebee was discovered just outside the New Forest. New to the UK, that is, but widely distributed throughout Europe. It’s the “Tree Bee”, Bombus hypnorum, and seems to be doing well here; unlike most “invasive” species, B. hypnorum doesn’t seem to represent a threat to local species.
They can’t resist Cotoneaster flowers:
Bombus hypnorum?
Bombus hypnorum in flight

Meanwhile I’ve found 2 more ladybird species (that makes nine species plus the Harlequin):

24-spot ladybird (Subcoccinella 24-punctata)
2-spot ladybird (Adalia 2-punctata)

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