Bug Watch

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As the weather improves more and more of the little critters are coming out to play.  Here is a selection of what I have found in the last couple of weeks.

 

Weevil Wonder

 

Watching and Waiting

 

Soldiering On

 

Longhorn Moth

 

24 Spot Ladybird

 

Ichneumon Wasp

 

Corisuz hyoscyami

 

And just for a bit of fun….

Bleurggggh!

 

And finally, quite obviously not a bug but worthy of shot anyway….

Young Wild Male Fallow Deer

 

Hands up who is enjoying the nice weather at last then?

 

 

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

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Early morning spot of a Hawthorn Shieldbug.  A very pretty bug I think.

Due to go into hibernation in late autumn, hopefully!

Autumn in Full Flow

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So now we are finally getting to Autumn.  It’s still very mild outside though and there are plenty of things to see.

Another small selection from recent encounters.

Wild Fallow Deer

Kestrel

Dragonflies still handing about

Some of the usual suspects …

Robin

Blue Tit

Dunnock

Still some insects searching out for what they can …

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Pied Wagtail (by the River)

Wren

Hoping to see (and capture) some of our Winter visitors soon, when they arrive.

Summer? Autumn? Summer? Autumn? It all got confusing!

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As people of the UK will know it all went a bit weird this year.  Heatwaves in early October and apparent very cold summer (although I failed to notice this).

Below is a selection of wildlife that’s been around in the late summer/early autumn.  Changing of seasons is always a great spectacle in the natural world.  Autumn being the best IMHO.

Spider Chow Down


Chiffchaff

Grasshopper

Bumblebee

Corizus hyoscyami (a new addition to Worcestershire).

Shield Bug

Comma

Fallow Deer

Dragonfly

Long Tailed Tit

Robin

Pheasant

Fallow Deer

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Young Swan

Ladybirds

Now, let’s start on proper Autumn!

Summer Selection

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With Summer in full flow I thought I would share a few images captured during my wanders.

I am particularly enjoying all the beautiful butterflies around at the moment!

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

Swallow in flight

Baby Toad.  Awwww.

Mating Damselflies

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

Hoverfly

Wild Fallow Deer

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

To think, we have all the wonderful wildlife of Autumn coming up too! 🙂

30 Minute Mission

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You don’t usually have to go far and you don’t have to spend hours waiting before you can come into immediate contact with nature.  There is always something almost on your front doorstep in Britain, be it the birds, insects or mammals.

Decided to do a quick blog post on what I managed to capture during a 30 minute mission at lunch.  There was a lot more about but I wasn’t quick enough/the photos were dire!

Five Spot Burnet (Zygaena trifoli)

Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum)

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Was rather annoyed that there seemed to be so much about just as I needed to be back at work 😦  Oh well, there’s always the weekend to explore.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Reserves

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been checking out a couple of local reserves to me.  Eades Meadow and Monkwood (which is jointly owned by the Butterfly Conservation Trust).

Both places were superb.  I happended to be blessed with the most beautiful weather when I visited.  Here are some shots from the trips.

Eades Meadow

Lacewing (Chrysopa Perla)

Currently unidentified!

Common Blue – Male (Polyommatus icarus)

Common Blue – Female (Polyommatus icarus)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata)

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata)

Scorpion fly (Panorpa sp.)

Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis)

Monkwood

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)

Club-tailed Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus)