More Dandelion

Nature. Beautiful.

More Dandelion

Hoverfly Rescue

This little dude landed on my arm and just wouldn’t leave – fortunately I already had my camera in hand as I was trying to photograph a flower. After some gentle coaxing it appeared that there was something wrong with his* left wing. Well, you can’t take a Hoverfly to the vet so I was just patient and let him clean, then clean some more, then re-clean his wing and rest up for a while. After a few minutes while I managed to carefully place him on the flower in the second photo and, after some pollen-based goodness, he was able to fly away. A happy ending!

*To sex a Hoverfly, look at the eyes. Generally the male has eyes that touch, the female has eyes that are further apart.

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Chatter

Domino, chattering at birds… Look below for some interesting insights on this cool cat behaviour…

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Catster.com has this to say:

A recent discovery about wildcat hunting techniques has brought new light to a well-known behavior in domestic cats. A group of scientists doing fieldwork in the Amazon forests of Brazil were recording the vocalizations of a group of pied tamarin monkeys, when a wildcat showed up and started making calls identical to those of the monkeys.

This was the first recorded instance of a wildcat in the Americas mimicking the calls of its prey.

Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Fabio Rohe, who worked on the monkey project, suspects all cats can copy the calls of their prey. Cats are known for their physical agility, but this vocal manipulation of prey species indicates a physical cunning which merits further study, he says.

Even the most domesticated of cats still have hunting instincts, and behaviors related to those instincts surface from time to time. One of these is “chattering,” which generally happens when a cat sees a bird or a rodent outside a window.

Cat chatter usually begins with a bird loudly chirping near a cat. The cat becomes riveted to the bird. After just a minute, the cat will then start to tweet and chatter, its mouth moving in sync with the birds beak.

Check out their site for the rest of the article and a cute vid.

Sun Lover

The boy loves the sun.

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Drink Up

Flies love a bit of pollen.

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Max

Max is soppy. He lives two houses away.

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Spotted Wolf Spider

These wolf spiders are often active very early in the spring. They can be seen scurrying around hunting for prey and warming themselves in the sunshine on patches of bare soil.  Unlike spiders who use a web to catch their food, these wolf spiders catch their prey by running it down.

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Bee Fly – Bombylius major

The best things happen when hanging out the washing… I saw (and photographed) my first Bee Fly. Bless that little furry beast.

The Natural History Museum has this to say:

The large bee-fly is a bee mimic - it resembles a small bumblebee.
The adult flies are striking and have a hairy body with long hairy legs and a characteristically long, slender tongue which they use for nectar retrieval whilst hovering beside a flower head. Bombylius major larvae parasitise beetle larvae as well as the brood of solitary wasps and bees – another reason for its name. The female has been seen to flick her eggs mid-air into the ground bees’ and wasps’ nests.

Gorgeous little creature enjoyed a nice little rest on the fence and gave me enough time to run in and grab my camera – most considerate!

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Spring At Last

Finally a nice sunny Sunday. The boy made the most of it…

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Camera Test

Not a scientific test at all, just a straight out of camera shot compared with a a little tweaked version to suit my tastes… First up is the unedited shot, fresh from the 8mp camera. Second is the tweaked version. This phone rocks.

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