Thursday, 29 July 2010

Male bumblebee hind leg

Added this photograph to the leg page to show the difference between a male and female bumblebee hind leg - the male has no pollen basket. It is sometimes the easist way to spot a male.
Saw my first male of the year 2 weeks ago, a pratorum male as usual.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Ramshorn snail eggs

Added this photograph of some ramshorn snail eggs to the Freshwater snails page

Monday, 26 July 2010

Ghost swift moth

Been falling behind with adding my images to the web site as I'm just taking too many. Added these 3 today of the Ghost swift moth, Ghost moth, Swift moth - seen all 3 of these common names quoted! Earlier in the year my garden was full of these cocoons, so I took one in to hatch it out, and then once I'd done that I identified it, and realised that I'd photographed the caterpillar earlier in the year.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Carrion/burying beetle

Just added this photograph of Oiceoptoma throracica to the carrion/burying beetle page. I had never seen this beetle alive before, and unfortunately the one I found was dying.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Common white wave

The woods seemed to be filled with this little moth a few mornings ago, it is called the Common white wave, and it certainly was common. I never knew just how pretty it was until I took this photograph though. Perhaps I'll pay more attention to the smaller moths now.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Click beetle larva

Added photographs of click beetle larva to Click beetle page. Unfortunately my garden is full of them.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Pine weevil

Added the Pine weevil to the weevil page. This weevil has lovely yellow hair-like scales on its wing cases.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Bombus impatiens page

Created a new page for one of the most common north American bumblebees, Bombus impatiens. All of the photographs on this page have been sent in by visitors to the site. Including this lovely photograph of a worker licking up honeydew.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Bumblebee eyes

Info on bumblebee eyes and the wavelength they can see is on this page