Richard Becker

Wildlife & Conservation Photography

Spring Bees

We have two polytunnels which we use for growing tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables, bumblebees and solitaries enter and leave through the doors and pollinate the flowers, sometimes they nest inside the tunnels. However at times the tunnels act like giant Malaise traps and insects find it difficult to

LED Moth Trap part 2.

A simple and inexpensive LED light trap for moth recording continued (from Part 1). Since posting details of my initial experiments with LED moth traps I have been able to use the traps on many nights and also to compare the catches with those of a 12v 8w Actinic 'Heath'

Lasius platythorax workers attacking a Formica sanguinea worker.

In June 2017 I stopped at Iping Common, West Sussex with the intention of photographing Silver-studded Blue butterflies (Plebejus argus). But I also payed a visit to a colony of the slave-making ant Formica sanguinea which live in a small Aculeate-friendly sand quarry at the edge of the common. As

Oakwood in Winter 1

Some winter woodland photos taken after a recent heavy snowfall, while the light was reasonable and before the snow fell off the trees.

Tetramorium

Workers tending larvae in a nest. This photo was taken in France so although I can identify them as one of the Tetramorium caespitum group identifying the actual species is beyond me.

Myrmica sulcinodis

A scarce species of dry heaths. This worker was at the Bog Mine in Shropshire, a site that seems to have a diverse ant fauna.

Lasius platythorax

Almost identical to L. niger, but with different ecological requirements. This is one from a nest in a rotten log, which led me to suspect this species, confirmed later by looking at some specimens under a microscope.