Monday, 16 October 2017

Roesel's Courting

I saw a male Roesel's Bush Cricket sitting on top of long grasses with his wings raised. I presumed that he was singing as I can't hear sounds this high any more. It seems that he was indeed as a female hopped and crawled towards him, and, after a quick introduction, the deed was done. Interesting to note that they are still mating this late in the year. At Mowsbury Hill LNR today.

A lucky shot!

They say that sometimes you make your own luck. In this case it's probably true. If you take enough pictures eventually the shutter will go off at just the right moment, as here. I had just beaten this Hawthorn Shieldbug from a box bush at Mowsbury Hill and was taking some ordinary top shots of it on a leaf that I was holding in my left hand, and photographing single handed with my right, when it took flight...

This was the moment before:

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Shieldbug #17 - Spiked

Another shieldbug species added today, this time a Spiked Shieldbug, swept from low vegetation at Priory County Park on a very warm Sunday afternoon:

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Shieldbug #16 - Parent

I scored a hat-trick of new shieldbug species at Fenlake Meadows today, with Parent Shieldbug being the third, also beaten from Alder:

Shieldbug #15 - Bronze

I also added another shieldbug species at Fenlake Meadows, beaten from an Alder; the Bronze Shieldbug:

Shieldbug #14 - Blue

After a fruitless search for Scarce 7-spot ladybird at Maulden Wood today I popped into Fenlake Meadows on the way home to search for Blue Shieldbug which I've seen there before. Within two minutes I found one (and only one) beaten from low vegetation:

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Red Admirals

Just a selection of the eight or so Red Admirals on Ivy at Cople Pits NR today. Stunning!

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.