Richard Becker

Wildlife & Conservation Photography

Formica lemani

Worker on a lichen covered rock. In marginal upland areas such as mid-Wales this species can survive by nesting in small areas of exposed, south-facing rock, even in habitat that seems otherwise unsuitable.

Camponotus piceus

A queen about to take her nuptial flight. Taken in the French Pyrenees, this species is common and often abundant through Southern Europe.


When the house was inhabited the now-ruined cottages above Nant-y-moch reservoir 4 miles away would have been some of their nearest neighbours. In the early 20th century the house could be cut off for 2 or 3 months at a time by winter snow. The walls of the house at

Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus male butterfly feeding on heather.

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta butterfly feeding on flowers of Buddleia 'Royal Red'. 2017 has been an exceptional year for this species.

Saxon Wasp

Dolichovespula saxonica worker wasp feeding on honey on a white background stage. This year was the first time we have had this species of social wasp nesting here. Over the years we have now recorded all the British species with the exception of the Cuckoo Wasp ( Vespula austriaca). Apart from


Urocerus gigas laying eggs in a Sitka spruce. The first time I had seen one laying in a long while, and the only one I have ever seen in a reasonably accessible location for photography.

Argiope bruennichi

Also known as the wasp spider. This large female was at Park Corner Heath/Vert Wood butterfly reserve in Sussex.

Bee Hotel

Three years after I first wrote about the 'bee hotel' I thought it was time to produce an update. The 'bee hotel' is a construction, actually several, that I have built in order to attract and provide nesting sites for a variety of bees (and also wasps) that nest in