Monthly Archives: May 2018

Love Your Pollinators

Our wild insect pollinators continue to decline because there is not enough suitable habitat. Britain has lost 97% of its flower-rich grassland since the 1940s. Only a tiny fraction of this has been recreated in farmland. We need to put … Continue reading

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14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctate)

Propylea 14-punctata is entomophagous feeding on aphids, Aleyrodidae , Coccoidea, and on larvae and eggs of some beetles and butterflies. A female lays about 400 eggs. This is necessary as there is often a high mortality among the larvae. The … Continue reading

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Graphomya maculata

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Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

This moth is very similar to the related Pyrausta purpuralis, a slightly larger moth with a broad postmedian continuous band, usually divided into at least three yellow spots.

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Hazel Leaf-roller (Apoderus coryli)

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Andy Bull-Shetland

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Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

I photographed this large red damselfly this evening, one of many resting in an elder bush on Hoo Wood Ridge, far away from water. I wonder if these are from down on the marsh? In past years I have seen … Continue reading

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