Pictures of a peacock butterfly taken by DKG during the summer.
This is a drone fly (Eristalis tenax), named for its mimicry of a male honeybee.Continue reading
A speckled wood (Pararge aegeriais) on hawthorn berries photographed last weekend by DKG.Continue reading “Speckled wood”
Yesterday’s picture of an artichoke gall among oak tree leaves produced questions and enquiries from our readers via Messenger, Facebook and our website’s below-the-line comments column. Here is more information about oak gall wasps.Continue reading
By Ian Bushell
One of the quintessential sounds of summer is the chirping of grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera). They are found all over the park, but probably the best places to see them are those areas of longer grass or bramble beside the many paths.Continue reading “Orthoptera”
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”
Skippers are a family of Hesperiidae in the order of Lepidoptera; because they are diurnal, we generally called them butterflies but many authorities class them as a group intermediate between butterflies and moths. They are called skippers because of their rapid and darting flight.Continue reading “Skippers”
There are funnel shaped webs low down in the dense vegetation of the park’s hedges and edges; what lives in them?Continue reading
Lepidoptera is the name of the order that butterflies and moths belong to.Click here for five fascinating facts about lepidoptera
Extraordinary little video of an emperor dragonfly hatching into its final adult form.
Published on Jul 31, 2012 by wildvod.
Emperor Dragonfly larvae emerging from the kitchen garden pond at the Tyntesfield National Trust Estate in June 2012.
Emperor dragonflies (Anax imperator) are the largest of Britain’s Odonata. They are fast, active hunters that rarely come to rest which makes them exceptionally difficult to photograph.Continue reading
A lucky speckled wood that just got away at the cost of a more than half of one of its four wings.
The picture is by DKG
This extraordinary creature is the nymph of a speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima). It is an inadvertent portrait: the photographer was focusing on the flowers of the common vetch and only found the bush cricket when the picture was enlarged for detail.
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