Saturday, 28 June 2008

28th June - Cooper's Hill

In the blustery conditions it took quite a while to get this fair image of what I suspect to be a male Hedychrum niemelai (Status RDB3) in brambles on Cooper's Hill this afternoon (28th June 2008). It spent most of its time with its head buried in the flowers.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

17th June - Cooper's Hill

There were a lot of male Crabro peltarius at Cooper's Hill today (17th June). The extraordinary curved plates on the front legs are apparently placed over the female's eyes during courtship, filtering light in such a way that she knows he is the correct species of Crabro. Surely there must be an easier way...? (Or is this an internet myth?)

Oxybelus uniglumis has an unusual way of carrying prey to her burrow - impaled on the sting! This keeps her legs free for digging open the burrow without letting go of the prey...

Friday, 13 June 2008

13th June - Stanford Plantation

I've kept an eye open for this distinctive species of bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum, since hearing it was spreading through the UK after arriving in 2001. I finally spotted one on brambles on the edge of the plantation this afternoon...

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

10th June - Marston Thrift

One of several Broad-bodied Chasers (Libellula depressa) catching flies on the main ride near the ponds:

This one is returning to it's perch after another sortie:

I just like the colours on this one:

A mason wasp in the car park:

Male Volucella pellucens hovering on the rides make a tempting photographic target, but are much harder to snap than they seem. Here's my best shot after about an hour of trying...!

Photos by Keith Balmer

Monday, 9 June 2008

9th June - Warden Great Wood

Here is the "exploded" view of my favourite longhorn beetle Agapanthia villosoviridescens seen today in ride-side vegetation:

Picture by Keith Balmer

Sunday, 1 June 2008

1st June 2008 - Mowsbury Hill LNR

Very hard to find and photograph insects today in the gloomy damp, but at least this male Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) was untypically docile when I did find it at Mowsbury Hill LNR.

Even had to resort to photographing a plant, which I suspect to be Aquilegia vulgaris