Knotty n Spiky – The bright colours & spiky hair of a Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) moth caterpillar.
A Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) drinks nectar from an opening Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) flower.
Blackthorn Beauty – The early spring blossom of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), a valuable starter for bees that have survived the winter.
A Female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) on route between her soil nest & the spring blossoms above.
Mobile Homes – Barnacles on Whelk. A small colony of Barnacles had evidently hitched a ride on this Whelk (for whom the burden has become too great).
Chaotic Beauty – A jungle on a twig – enter the amazing symbiotic world of lichen – 3 species living as one colony. (Algae / Cyanobacteria – Fungi – Yeasts) Share List
Frost crystals decorate a bramble as autumn moves towards winter and the warm autumn hues blend with the sharper pale chill of winter. Share List
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 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
Dragonfly exuvia – the moulted exoskeleton left behind when the aquatic Naiad emerges to fly as a Dragon (fly). Share List
(Insect Eye) Hoverflies are beneficial pollinators & fascinating to watch. Here’s a macro portrait of a hoverfly on knapweed – showing detail of their amazing compound eyes. Share List