Sunday, 25 March 2012

Venus, Jupiter and crescent Moon

Venus, Jupiter and crescent Moon all together in western sky. Taken 10 minutes ago.

Many thanks to Nigel Willits for alerting us to it via the BNHS newsgroup!

Anthophora plumipes

While failing to photograph newts in my garden pond a loud buzzing alerted me to an incoming Anthophora plumipes (Hairy-footed flower bee), a male on this occasion, which briefly settled for a warm...

Friday, 23 March 2012

Pieces of Eight

Great to see Green Tiger Beetles again, at Cooper's Hill today, but not such good news for their prey like this spider that was dismembered before my eyes...

Taken on Ricoh Cx6

Slime Mould?

What I presume is a slime mould on a conifer stump on Maulden Heath. Very cold and wet to the touch.

Sunday, 18 March 2012


Cabin fever was setting in by late afternoon so I dashed out to my local bolt-hole at Priory CP when the sun finally appeared.

Found some white violets...

...and some violet whites.

Frogs had been busy in the finger lakes

Watched the day close over main lake.

Thanks goodness for places like Priory CP to revive the soul!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Bloody-nosed Beetle

A couple of Bloody-nosed Beetles Timarcha tenebricosa were found at Totternhoe Quarry on the Butterfly Conservation work-party today by Charles or Peter. I spotted them staring at something and went to investigate. The beetles had been mating until I arrived with a camera.

Here's some snaps of the female who had a real flair for getting under a twig or behind a bit of moss...

We also saw a Brimstone on a couple of occasions.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Priory Honey Bees

Great to see honey bees buzzing around the spring Prunus blossoms at Priory Country Park today...

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Bee Mimic Hoverfly

My first Eristalis pertinax of the year, on Prunus blossom at Priory Country Park today. It then landed on top of my head! (My second identified hoverfly of the year, the first being Episyrphus balteatus on New Year's Day!)