Frost crystals decorate a bramble as autumn moves towards winter and the warm autumn hues blend with the sharper pale chill of winter.
A millipede rests on an old umbellifer stem. His shape, a crude question mark, made me wonder – does he dream? If so, what of?
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.
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.
Dragonfly exuvia – the moulted exoskeleton left behind when the aquatic Naiad emerges to fly as a Dragon (fly).
(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.
Macro & Micrography Images, photographed by AnnMarie Jones (The world of the small).