Courtship

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“The courtship of this butterfly is an amazing spectacle. Male and female face each other with wings closed and intermittently flash open their wings. At the same time, the male waves his proboscis and white-tipped antennae either side of the … Continued

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper

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R and I went to Charlecote this morning, where most of the park is now open, bar a section to the north of the lake, which is still cordoned off as a sanctuary for the fallow buck herd. We walked … Continued

Resting

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I had a great time in Trench Wood this afternoon, arriving home with so many photos that I’m still only part way through culling and processing them. I had hoped to gather together a few of the highlights and post … Continued

Batwoman

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This isn’t the most exciting thing I photographed today but it has turned out to be my favourite photo, because I love the contrast between the rather saturnine hoverfly with her Batman logo, and the delicate, snowy froth of the … Continued

Wind rage

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If the weather doesn’t improve soon, I’m going to be asking for a refund on my subscription. After a foul morning, it suddenly cheered up this afternoon, and I walked up to Tilly’s field to look for grasshoppers; but within … Continued

Surprise

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Whether because of the changeable weather, or because there’s not much flowering in the borders at the moment that they like, I’m currently finding very few invertebrates when I go on bug hunts around the more cultivated sections of the … Continued

Concentration

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This female Melanostoma scalare refused to be interrupted in the middle of her meal by some idiot sticking a camera and a light in her face, and carried on doggedly browsing the dogwood. A woman after my own heart. Today … Continued

Tolerant

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Another day, another Southern Hawker. This one was hunting in our top garden at lunch time, came to rest in one of the birch trees, and (happily for me) stayed there while I fetched my step ladder and climbed up … Continued

Poseur

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R and I went to Croome again this morning, and had a thoroughly enjoyable visit. This was partly because the weather forecast had been threatening, but in the event it was a beautiful morning – sunny, with a light breeze, … Continued

Mr Grumpy

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I was doing some gardening this afternoon in the yard where we park the cars – mainly cutting back some overenthusiastic grape vines along the old farm wall that I refer to as our bee hotel – when I became … Continued