Monthly Archives: August 2018

Pale Tussock Moth (Calliteara pudibunda) Larva

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of deciduous trees as well as many other plants such as bramble and hops.

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OtterCam on the River Stour

I put OtterCam out on the confluence of the River Stour and Hoo Brook: just to see what is about at the moment.

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Angry Hornets

Like other social wasps, hornets build communal nests by chewing wood to make a papery pulp. Each nest has one queen: she lays eggs and is attended by workers who, while genetically female, cannot lay fertile eggs. Most species make … Continue reading

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Wasp

The most commonly known wasps, such as yellowjackets and hornets, are of the family Vespidae and are eusocial, living together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Eusociality is favoured by the unusual haplodiploid system of sex … Continue reading

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Dock Leaf Bug Coreus marginatus

The dock bug is herbivorous and feeds on a wide variety of plants from different families. While the common name in English refers to its preferred diet of docks and sorrels and other plants in the family Polygonaceae, they also … Continue reading

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European Honey Bee

European worker bees secrete the wax used to build the hive, clean, maintain and guard it, raise the young and forage for nectar and pollen, and the nature of the worker’s role varies with age. For the first ten days … Continue reading

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Bluebottle

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