Nature Notes

Nature Notes

A few days ago we went to the RSPB reserve of Ynys Hir, not many miles as the Raven flies, but a trip over the Cambrian Mountains to a different habitat, and to what can be a quite different climate. This time the visit was a bit disappointing, though we

Nature Notes

Mid-winter with few signs of any seasonal change, apart from the catkins on a few hazel trees opening. These mainly seem to be from plantings, with genetics unsuited to the local climate, the native hazels, with a few exceptions, wait a few weeks until the days are definitely lengthening. The

Carnivorous Mellinus - Nature Notes

Recently I was attempting to photograph Aculeates around an area of flowering Heather (Calluna vulgaris).It was sunny and warm and several female Mellinus arvensis wasps were around the heather, apparently hunting the many flies feeding on the flowers. These are a species that provision the nest cells with various

Butterflies - Nature Notes

I recently spent a few days taking photographs on the Causse de Gramat in the Lot region of France. The area is a superb site for flowers of limestone area and the insects that depend on them, especially butterflies. For once I had warm weather and the butterflies were taking

Wood Ants

We recently went to Blakeridge Wood near Craven Arms to try and photograph the Hairy wood ants (Formica lugubris) which are found there. These are a northern relative of the Red wood ant (Formica rufa) and are on the southern edge of their range on a few sites in the