East West

East West
Samphire Hoe. It is an odd place.

Volucella Inanis

Volucella Inanis
Hoverflies don’t get much bigger than this. I was almost scared. Almost.

Cinnabar Moth

Cinnabar Moth
The Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) is a brightly coloured arctiid moth, found in Europe and western and central Asia. It has been introduced into New Zealand, Australia and North America to control poisonous ragwort, which its larvae feed on. The moth is named after the red mineral cinnabar because of the red patches on its predominantly black wings. Cinnabar moths are about 20mm long and have a wingspan of 32-42 mm (1.3-1.7 in).

More Grasshopper

More Grasshopper
Tyland Barn is rapidly becoming my favourite place for bugs. if you can ignore the noise from the motorway it is a very peaceful place.

King of the Castle

King of the Castle
I am loving the Ladybird… compact little buggers.

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal
I love, love, love, love, love Damselflies. My first photo of one in 2010.

Thistle

Thistle
Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles hurt.

Coot

Coot
Coots are medium-sized water birds which are members of the rail family Rallidae. They constitute the genus Fulica. Coots have predominantly black plumage, and, unlike many of the rails, they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water. They are close relatives of the moorhen.

Red and Green

Red and Green
Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, parts of Canada), or ladybugs (North America). Scientists increasingly prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles, as these insects are neither birds nor bugs. Lesser-used names include ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly.

At the Races

At the Races
Grand Zafeen winning me £25. The only success of the evening.