Monthly Archives: June 2011


An oven.

Common Field Grasshopper

The Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) is one of the most frequently seen grasshoppers in England, along side the Mottled, the Common Green and the Meadow Grasshopper. It is sometimes mistaken for a cricket although a cricket has quite long antennae and the Common Field Grasshopper has relatively short antennae.


Some experts say that snoring is worse when the snorer sleeps on their back. I don’t think Domino cares.


Hard to know what to say about this. A closed down shop. Blah.

Coccinella septempunctata

Coccinella septempunctata – seven-spot ladybird, is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names (from the Latin septem = “seven” and punctus = “spot”).

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, Kent. Kinda nice.

Meadow grasshopper – Chorthippus parallelus

Rather excited (perhaps a little too much) to find we have two species of grasshopper on the lawn. Here is one of them – the Meadow Grasshopper. Gorgeous!

In the Sun

The boy does like a sunbathe. He does not like sun tan lotion.

It’s All About the Ants

For the first time ever, I decided to try and photograph some Ants. I have always given up in the past as they are flighty little sods and extremely hard to capture on camera. Starting in the front garden, I lifted up a rock to find a colony of Yellow Meadow Ants (Lasius Flavus). Notice the dead something-or-other in the first shot – no doubt forming a nice food parcel for the young Ants. Further inspection demonstrated a nice clutch of eggs/larvae. Not a sight for the faint-hearted..

Slightly away from the nest I found a Black Garden Ant (and friend) having a rumble with the Yellow Ant. The Yellow Ant seems to get the upper hand after a gruelling battle which saw the Black Ant score some initial blows.

After a spot of lunch, I tried the back garden to see if there would be any more Any action, and sure enough, under a brick, I found a nice nest of Black Garden Ants (Lasius Niger)…

Now that is what you call a lot of young.

I think I might try and photograph Ants a lot more – most enjoyable.

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day Pops 🙂