Monday, 27 June 2011

Bigger and Braver

The Dolichovespula media nest on my eaves has come on a treat, with a constant stream of workers entering with food for the young or wood pulp for the nest.

In a quest for clearer pictures I cautiously opened the transom window alongside it and poked the lens to within about 9 inches! So far so good, they haven't shown any anxiety or aggression, yet...





My next quest is to get decent pics of workers arriving in flight with food...

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Purple Emperor

Finally, after years of trying, had good views of a male Purple Emperor on the ground at Chicksands Wood this lunchtime!




Saturday, 11 June 2011

Honeydon RNR

Spurred on by enthusiastic reports of the Honeydon road verges on the BNHS newsgroup I headed there this morning. Found Bombus pascuorum, Apis mellifera and Bombus hortorum on some rather pretty nectar sources (three rare flowers: Crested Cow-wheat, Spiked Star-of-Bethlehem, and Sulphur Clover).




Sunday, 5 June 2011

Priory Skipper

Cool today, so this male Large Skipper at Priory Country Park reluctantly let me invade his personal space.


Am I the only one thinking of a teddy bear?

Nest Growing

The nest is developing quickly now there are workers to help:

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Privet Hawkmoth

Found this 59mm monster Privet Hawkmoth (Sphinx ligustri) on my back gate today. Awesome!