Category Archives: Insects

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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RSPB Old Moor, June 2013 – Not just the birds flying around!

I took a trip to one of my favourite places recently –  the fantastic RSPB Old Moor Reserve in South Yorkshire. However, on this day I didn’t do much birding! I was totally distracted by the stunning insects that were flying … Continue reading

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A Fungi and Botany Walk along the Sheffield Canal

Recently I joined my local natural history society to help record some of the plants and fungi along the Sheffield/Tinsley Canal. The canal is part of Sheffields industrial heritage, very much polluted and void of life in the past. Now … Continue reading

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Shieldbug Identification

Shieldbugs are stunning insects and can be quite straightforward to identify when adult. Some species are very common and can be found in urbans areas and gardens. Some are more rarer and are confined to certain areas of the country. … Continue reading

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A few Moth finds in the garden

A spot of gardening the other day and I was distracted by the moths that I disturbed in the process. Last summer my garden was full of Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars. They then all suddenly disappeared and would have delved into the … Continue reading

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A sunny day in Kent

Whilst on holiday last week in Kent the sun finally came out and brought some more summerish weather. I took the opportunity to go out and do some exploring. I came across a lovely old graveyard that was very overgrown and … Continue reading

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Bumblebee Identification Part 2

Following on from Part 1 (if you weren’t put off!), here’s some more of our common bumblebees that turn up reguarly in our gardens with notes on similar but less common species. Red-tailed bumbleebee – Bombus lapidarius  All black with … Continue reading

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