Dragonfly Eye Detail – Surface of the curved compound eye of a Dragonfly – photographed via Light Microscope at x 50 magnification.
A Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) drinks nectar from an opening Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) flower.
A western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collects nectar from a pale rose flower.
These important pollinators are vital to human food production.
Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii) moth on grass head.
Note: Some individuals have the spots fused (as here) whilst others may show the spots distinctly.
A Female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) on route between her soil nest & the spring blossoms above.
A millipede rests on an old umbellifer stem. His shape, a crude question mark, made me wonder – does he dream? If so, what of? Share List
A male Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) on pond side reeds. Two different views, showing how this damselfly may sometimes appear as a beautiful bronze colour. Also note how this damselfly holds its wings out at 45 degrees when resting, most damselflies fold their wings at rest. The male develops the blue coating (pruinescence) on his […]
A Pellucid Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens), also known as the Great Pied Hoverfly, feeding here on a Devil’s Bit Scabious flower. These large hoverflies (30mm wingspan) can be seen near wooded clearings & hedgerows. They are rather fond of bramble blossom. Share List
A Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) has some ground clearance issues as it scurries across a stony forest track. These beetles exude a foul red liquid as a defence mechanism, hence the name. Share List
Balance King Framed – A male Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) balances on the stem of a rush. Share List
Dragonfly exuvia – the moulted exoskeleton left behind when the aquatic Naiad emerges to fly as a Dragon (fly). Share List