Author Archives: Adventures with Wildlife

A Study Of Spiders – 2014

Here’s my third installment of A Study of Spiders. See below for the first two installments; Hope you like! A common species in our gardens and such, this is Tetrix denticulata. The body pattern and the long spinarets at the end … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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Fly Agaric – So that’s how Reindeer fly?!

Autumn really has arrived and it’s well and truly fungi season! One of the most familar and striking of the toadstools out there at this time of year is the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). Along with its striking looks this … Continue reading

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Who’s That Hoverfly? – Summer/Autumn 2013

This is the first installment of Who’s That Hoverfly?, a blog showcasing the hoverflies that I have found and managed (mostly!) to identify this year. Hoverflies are stunning insects and arguably the most popular group of flies. Some are present … Continue reading

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Blogs on Bugs – Summer 2013

Continuing the series of Blogs on Bugs, here’s a collection of some of the bugs that I’ve found over the summer with hopefully helpful tips in identifying the things! Some are strikingly marked whereas some are not so and pose … Continue reading

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Ash’s Book of Beetles Chapter 1- Devil’s Coach Horses, Divers and more…

This is the first of a series showcasing beetles. Though some identification features and tips will be given it’s not a comprehensive or systematic series on beetle ID etc. It’s simply to showcase the wonderful complexity, shapes, sizes and colours … Continue reading

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Galls on Ferns, Bracken etc

Curled Bracken fronds The curled fronds on Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) are caused by the tunneling larvae of the fly Chirosia grossicauda. Blackish swellings on Bracken fronds These dark swellings on the frons on Bracken are caused by the gall midge … Continue reading

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