Beauty and the beast

Today brought me two firsts. The main image shows the first Great Pied Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) I’ve seen this year – a fresh and pristine male, so gorgeous that I let out an audible “Oooh!” of appreciation when I first … Continued


I went to Trench Wood this afternoon, for the first time this year – not really expecting to find very much, but on the remote off chance that it might be teeming with inverts. It wasn’t, but I did spot … Continued


I used to have a tall Euphorbia characias Wulfenii in the middle of the rose bed in the back garden which was mildly popular with Andrena fulva females, and for several years I would haunt this plant through April and May, … Continued