Thick-headed Fly

I was mooching around a bank of Blackberry bushes the other day and my eye was caught by something new. It looked very wasp like with it’s long and very narrow waist. But it’s not a wasp but a fly, or perhaps more specifically Diptera. Bit in my defence an easy mistake to make as […]

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In a large pond dug to act a storm drain on a new housing estate near our old house in Caerphilly there is one of the most intricate flowers that I know of. The Bogbean, Menyanthes trifoliata, opens out to show off a star of white feathery petals, finger with pink. The closer you look […]

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Chicken of the Woods

I was bumbling around on a short walk from the house to the nearby pond and walking past an established but small section of scrubby woodland when my eye was caught by a bright yellow blob in the shadows. So going off piste a little way I came to a mature Sessile Oak with this […]

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The Trump Moth

I’ve often walked past buttercups and seen small insects on the flowers, and each time thought I must have a closer look. But as usual I never did. But this time I did. And glad I am too, because what I found was a delight and a surprise. I had thought I would find Thrips, […]

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A Green Jewel

Small but beautifully coloured the Green Dock Beetle, Gastrophysa viridula, shines like a jewel in the grass. As the sun catches it in different directs you can see jade, copper, gold and ruby flashes as it moves. It’s small at between 4-8mm in length. But those colours make up for it’s diminutive size. It would […]

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The Heineken Fly

As I was mooching along the quite lane just outside the house the other day I kept on seeing a small flash of orange darting between the flowers. I often see this in the garden as well and it can only be Rhingia campestris, one of our most distinctive hoverflies. The long snout is an […]

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White-shouldered House-moth

This tiny moth, White-shouldered House Moth – Endrosis sarcitrella,  appeared in the light trap I had placed out overnight as part of my participation in the Garden Moth Scheme exercise. It’s easy to understand how it has got it’s common Name, with the distinct white shoulders and prothorax which contrast its dark forewings, making it easily […]

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Nomads among the flowers

The sun was shining today, though it wasn’t anywhere as warm as it was last week when the temperature topped 20C. Now it’s more like 10C accompanied by a stiff westerly breeze. The recent warmth has encouraged the laurels in the garden to coming into full flower, and this has attracted a large number of […]

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