Orange-vented Mason Bee

I found it very satisfying to step out of my front door this morning, take two steps across the lawn, and find this pretty female Orange-vented Mason Bee (Osmia leaiana) nectaring on the thistle I’ve left there. I wish I … Continued

Blue Chaser, Take Two

After spending the morning sorting out financial stuff at my desk I decided it was time to tackle the small mountain of errands I’d amassed, so I devised a round-Warwickshire tour that would encompass them all. Somehow it also managed … Continued

Blue Chaser

Wait – what? Blue, you say? But… he’s red…? Well, yes, at the moment he’s red – or reddish, at any rate. But as he matures his thorax will darken through brown to black, his abdomen will acquire a coating … Continued

Guard duty

Male Four-spotted Chasers don’t hover much – they tend to spend their time alternately chasing about after females and rivals, and perching on favoured stems or leaves from which they can keep watch for females or rivals entering their territory. … Continued