Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Ivy Bee - Colletes hederae

I finally had my first Bedfordshire encounter with Ivy Bees (Colletes hedereae) today where there is a large aggregation in the paths at Cottage Bottom Fields in TL03642098.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Grey Dagger

Noted this Grey Dagger moth caterpillar on quince in my garden. (Taken on my new Panasonic TZ-90 which I'm still getting to grips with).

Friday, 8 September 2017

Volucella zonaria

Cabin fever forced me out for a walk around the block this evening. I pocketed my new Panasonic TZ-90, just in case, and glad that I did as I spotted this Volucella zonaria on ivy flowers in the gloom of late evening. (Still getting to grips with the new camera so may need to fiddle with flash settings a bit more...)

Saturday, 26 August 2017


Spotted this male Vapourer moth resting briefly on my kitchen window this lunchtime:

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Hornets' Nest

I was heading towards an oak tree in Rowney Warren to beat insects from it when I had a change of plan, taking a few cautious shots of this hornets' nest instead. As I was standing in their flight path and thereby causing some interest to the residents I didn't hang around for long.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Ladybird #17 - Adonis

After a tip-off from Rosemary I visited Knocking Hoe this morning to find lots of Adonis ladybirds on the moon carrot on the top of the mound. They were quite a bit smaller than I'd expected. It was blowing a gale up there so I should be content with these from a bunch of blurry and out of focus efforts...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Box Bug

As you enter Priory Country Park by the main entrance there is a buckthorn to the left of the driveway, on which are lots of nymphs and adults of the Box Bug Gonocerus acuteangulatus...

Ladybird #16 - 16-spot

I'd seen 16-spot ladybirds twice earlier this year, but this time I finally managed to photograph one. I'd just sat down on a bench at Priory Country Park when I noticed at my feet several scampering through the grass. Nearly impossible to photograph there I managed to put one onto the bench where it whizzed along at an impressive speed, but occasionally paused when it found something to eat, allowing a few snaps.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Shieldbug #13 - Crucifer

I'm recovering from hand surgery at the moment so my ladybird/shieldbug quest is on pause, however while walking around Priory Country Park today with my brother and sister-in-law Paul spotted something on a nettle that I recognized as a missing shieldbug, the Crucifer. You will have to make do with a left-handed phone pic until I'm well enough to wield a DSLR again.

Here's a rather better picture from Knocking Hoe on 18/08/17 where I found one sheltering from the gale on a moon carrot.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Garden valezina!

The most exciting thing to turn up in my garden since, well, forever! My first garden Silver-washed Fritillary was a valezina, and not only that but she appeared to lay several eggs on my garage wall. I'm now searching every brick through a magnifying glass, but sadly haven't found one yet...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jersey Tiger

My tiny Bedford garden is doing rather well for exciting things this season. This is my first Jersey Tiger, which hung around for several hours today.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Six-belted Clearwing

This was a nice surprise, a Six-belted Clearwing swept in the cutting at Old Warden Tunnel today. Andy Banthorpe says that it is the first record for the site.