This is a damsel fly: a beautiful demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo.Read on…
by Simon Knight
I love this time of year. It brings wonderful colour and interesting new life to the reserve. The fields are looking stunning in their carpet of yellow, the trees are a fresh, vibrant green and the grasses are playing host to the emerging insect life.Continue reading “The Insects Are Out “
A marsh snipefly (Rhagio tringarius), a new species for our lists, spotted in the reserve on Wednesday by Ian Bushell.Continue reading “Another new species”
Up in the heritage orchard, near the allotments, Ian Bushell has found two new species of bug for our lists: a hairy shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) and a cabbage shieldbug (Eurydema oleracea).Continue reading
On the winter’s coldest day so far, let’s look back to the summer for a while: here is Simon Knight’s picture of a golden-bloomed longhorn beetle sunbathing among the grass stems.
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:
There are Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) flowering down by the Lambrok tributary stream. They have been there for three or four years now and are spreading along the bank.Read on:
In the UK the populations of our more common butterflies have fallen by 46% in the last 50 years while the rarer species have declined by 77%. We have lost 60% of our flying insects in just 20 years. We have entirely lost 13 species of our native bees since the 1970s and fully expect more to follow.Continue reading
The reserve’s ivy flowers between September and November; each plant’s flowering season is quite short but a succession of plants flowers all through the autumn. The flowers are small, green and yellow, and so insignificant-looking that many people don’t realise that that they are flowers at all.Read on:
A recent study has found that the best kind of camouflage, out there in the wildwood, is pretending to be an inanimate object.Continue reading “Camouflage”
By the end of the summer, the workers in a wasp nest will have finished raising and feeding the new queen larvae. The larvae have spun caps over their cells and begun the process of pupation. This indicates a change for the nest.Read on:
Unlike common wasps, honey bees (Apis mellifera) don’t die at the end of the summer. The hive stores enough food for the queen and the workers to survive through the winter.Continue reading “Honey bees”
Clive Knight has finally found the European hornets’ nest we always knew was somewhere in the reserve and sent us this charming picture.
Although we haven’t yet found a nest, there are always European hornets working somewhere in the reserve. Here is an astonishing video of hornets in flight.
Video by nature photographer, Lothar Lenz, published by Caters Clips.
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”
Another new identification for the reserve; a green nettle weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) reported in May this year by Charles Land.Continue reading
Occasionally, we delve into our species lists for a closer look at some of the reserve’s more unobtrusive and less fluffy residents. Today it’s the turn of the golden-bloomed longhorn beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens), first identified and photographed by our wildlife photographer, Simon Knight, in the summer of 2020.Continue reading “Golden-bloomed longhorn beetle”
…photographed in the reserve by Clive Knight.Continue reading
This fluffy bee is Bombas hypnorum, a tree bumblebee, photographed yesterday in the reserve by Clive Knight.Continue reading
This is an ichneumon wasp feeding on hogweed near Lambrok Stream.Continue reading “Ichneumon wasp”
This post was first published in July 2018
This is a garden bumble bee (Bombus hortorum) collecting nectar in a spear thistle flower at the edge of the large pond.
These photographs were taken by the late DKG in July of 2018Continue reading “Garden Bumblebee”
According the the Countryside Charity CPRE, light pollution is falling, dropping sharply during the pandemic lockdowns and continuing to fall as the cost of electricity soars. This is good news!Continue reading “Light pollution”