In the world of invertebrates, black and yellow signals danger. It says to predators: I am poisonous or I will bite you.Read on to discover more:
A common field grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) photographed by Ian Bushell in the park this week. This is a species that thrives among fined-leaved grasses, a sure sign that our policy of reducing the fertility and thus widening the biodiversity of our fields is working.Continue reading
More about oak galls
This strange object is a knopper gall on an oak tree, photographed in the reserve yesterday by Ian Bushell. At this time of year, our many oak trees are sporting a whole variety of galls.Continue reading
An astonishing video of European hornets in flight.
Video by nature photographer, Lothar Lenz, published by Caters Clips.
Devil’s coach horse
A Devil’s coach horse (Ocypus olens) was found and identified in Kestrel Field yesterday by Sarah Gould. Ocypus olens is a swiftly-moving ground beetle species and this one was moving so swiftly that Sarah was unable to get anything more than a blurred, but perfectly identifiable, picture which we sent to Ian for confirmation. This is a new species for the reserve’s comprehensive listsContinue reading
There are six species of social wasp that are native to Britain and this is a good time of year to identify them.Continue reading “Wasp time”
Deraeocoris ruberContinue reading
A purple hairstreak (Favonius quercus) seen on the edge of the reserve and photographed by Clive Knight.Continue reading
Five number facts about ants
There are 63 species of ant in Britain, 17 of which are introduced.Continue reading
Bees buzz in two different ways.Continue reading “BUZZ!”
Wild carrot progress report
Pictures and a message from Clive Knight:Continue reading
Picture of the Week
An azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) on greater bindweed, photographed in the reserve by Ian Bushell, who has a new camera.
by Ian Bushell
This is Xyphosia miliaria, a species of Tephritidae or fruit fly. It is so small and so rarely noticed that it appears to have no common name.Continue reading “Fruit fly”
A harlequin ladybird nymph photographed yesterday in the reserve by Ian Bushell.Continue reading
This is the caterpillar of the drinker moth (Euthrix potatoria), photographed in the reserve on Sunday. It is so named because the caterpillar is believed to drink drops of dew on grass stems.Continue reading “Drinker moth caterpillar”
There are small tortoiseshell caterpillars (Aglais urticae) among the nettles by the path in Simpson’s Field. Take a careful look as you walk past.
A queen wasp (Vespula vulgaris) in the hedge in Sleepers Field.Continue reading “Queen wasp”
Message and a photograph from Ian Bushell
In the picture above is a hoverfly I photographed at the top of Sheep Field in a sunny spot on the edge of the copse.Continue reading “Large Wasp Hoverfly”
Cinnabar moths (Tyria jacobaeae) have been reported from the reserve in the past week.Continue reading “Cinnabar moth”
Thick legged flower beetle
An irridescent green, female Oedemera nobilis, known as the thick legged flower beetle or swollen thighed beetle, photographed in the park this week. It is the male (see below) that has the strangely shaped legs for which the species is named
 by Gail Hampshire (CC BY 2.0) flickr.com;  © Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 4.0) wikimedia.org
The Insects are Here!
by Simon Knight
In my last post I said I was going after young grasshoppers and crickets.Continue reading
A bloody nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) found in the short grass where the rabbits graze at the end of Sleepers Field.Continue reading “Bloody nosed beetle”
A male scorpion fly photographed by Ian Bushell yesterday, in the reserve’s main car park.Continue reading “Scorpion fly”