This afternoon I watched a wasp hunting emerging dragonflies at my garden pond. It attacked a recently emerged Southern Hawker severing its head with a series of bites. It took chunks off to its nest repeatedly returning to eat the thorax as well. The lower images shows the butchery taking place. The top image shows the wasp in flight as it leaves the crime scene. Photos by Steve Cham
Saturday, 30 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
I came across this wierd looking fungus growing amongst the pebbles at the margins of the main lake at Willington. It was quite abundant. Does anyone know what species it is as I cannot find it in my field guides.
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Photo by Steve Cham
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Yellow Flag Sawfly
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Saturday, 23 June 2007
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Just after photographing the orchid this floated past me - a Clouded Yellow! Rookery ClP, 23rd June 2007 by Steve Blain.
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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Another Jumping Spider
Another jumping spider, this time Pseudeuophrys lanigera at The Lodge, 21st June 2007 by Steve Blain.
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This is another jumping spider Salticus scenicus (or Zebra Spider) at The Lodge, 21st June 2007 by Steve Blain.
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Hornet Moth part 2
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Hornet Moths - Sesia apiformis
Melissa found this pair of mating Hornet Moths at MVCP this morning on the trunk of a Black Poplar. Another female was nearby. The lower photo shows the pupal exuvia protruding from the base of the trunk of the same tree. Photos by Andy Banthorpe
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Monday, 18 June 2007
A fantastic little jumping spider Sitticus pubescens (male) I found in my shed. Many thanks to Ian Dawson for their id. Broom, 18th June 2007 by Steve Blain.
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This beastie is Tegenaria domestica (a male) and is commonly found in houses. Broom, 18th June 2007 by Steve Blain.
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MVCP Damselflies and Dragonflies 16-17th June
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This longhorn was one of the species found on the BNHS Longhorn trip in King's Wood, Heath & Reach, on Sunday 17th June. It is Agapanthia villosoviridescens. Photo by Melissa Banthorpe
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This Burnet Companion moth was sunning itself by a ride in King's Wood, Heath & Reach, whilst on the BNHS Longhorns trip on Sunday 17th June. Photo by Melissa Banthorpe
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Sunday, 17 June 2007
Dragon catches Damsel
A highly magified photo shows a male Emperor dragonfly catch and consume one of the hundreds of Common Blue Damselflies emerging at Willington today. Photo by Steve Cham
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Female Broad Bodied Chaser egg laying at Sundon quarry. My hi res version shows a column of water from the tip of the abdomen to the waters surface. One can just see the eggs being released as it dipped down. Photo by Steve Cham
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This little chap wandered up my drive mid-morning today. He was limping a bit, so I guess he may not last too much longer. Poor chap. Broom, 17th June 2007 by Steve Blain.
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Saturday, 16 June 2007
A.cyanea in the rain
Despite torrential downpours and a thunderstorm, two Southern Hawkers today emerged from my garden pond, on the stalks of Flowering Rush. There was just enough protection from the overhanging leaves. So far this year more than 20 have emerged over the last 3 weeks.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Emperor, The Lodge
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Odonata at The Lodge
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Monday, 11 June 2007
Snow in June!!!
It looked like snow over the fields at Roxton at the beginning of June. It was the Willows shedding their downy seeds early morning.
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Common Spotted Orchid
This Common Spotted Orchid was near the edge of Stewartby Lake not far from the MVCP Vistors Centre. Photo taken by Martin Green.
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I have been watching Adders at Maulden since early March. The pair below were sharing the first warmth of the sun after emerging from hibernaculum (07/03). During April (08/04) they were more adventurous with a male sunning out in the open.
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After several years of trying I finally got a 4-spotted Chaser in flight. There are good numbers present at Sundon Quarry where this photo was taken.
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Downy Emerald dragonfly
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