After several minutes of careful consideration, I have decided that this – almost entirely definitely – is a birch shieldbug. There is a very similar species, commonly called the hawthorn shieldbug, and I have mixed them up in the past, … Continued


I spent much of the afternoon stalking grasshoppers and crickets around the village. It isn’t fair, really, because they absolutely hate it – Orthoptera are so far down the food chain that almost everyone eats them, so the closer you … Continued