Insects

Red Admiral butterfly and ivy Planting ivy (Hedera helix) against a fence, shed or outbuilding and allowed to flower, can be useful not only for Red Admirals topping up before winter but also a host of other wildlife that uses it for food, shelter and nesting.  Many people are afraid of ivy believing it to be […]

No more insect splattered windscreens or grills “Where have all the flowers gone?” was a song I remember by Peter, Paul and Mary back in the 1960’s. One line states, ” Oh when will they ever learn?”After reading this article it reminded me of the song. “Where have all the insects gone?” is a question we […]

A new solitary grass carrying wasp to look out for in your nest boxes? Isodontia mexicana, is a species of grass-carrying wasps, found in the United States. Notton states that c. 1940 it was accidentally imported into Hawaii, then c. 1960 southern France and now has spread into the Netherlands, Belgium and N. France. They use […]

What a lovely looking beetle! A Golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle? Since I had my boring lawn converted to a wildflower meadow, there have been loads of new species that visit it. Too many for me to know each and every single one. It would require a whole new learning curve for that ever to happen and mean many […]

Life and death struggle for the unfortunate hoverfly larva Having a little time to go looking amongst the wildlife meadow brings rewards. I have never seen this before, and the action caught my attention. A parasitoid wasp is attempting then succeeding to oviposit inside an unlucky hoverfly larva. Here we have a biological pest controller, […]

My article “Do neonicotinoids affect other wildlife as well as bees? The new DDT?” made me realise that to keep abreast of this mounting evidence that they do affect other non targeted wildlife, I decided to collate science papers and corresponding press articles to allow people who don’t generally have access to the scientific knowledge enabling you to make […]

Its a moth not rust that’s affecting our conker trees Have you noticed whitish patches on the leaves of horse chestnut tree, which by the middle of summer, the whitish patches die and turn brown and you may believe that autumn has come early for the tree.  Sometimes whole trees turn brown, and it looks like autumn has come early. I have seen […]

My article “Do neonicotinoids affect other wildlife as well as bees? The new DDT?” made me realise that to keep abreast of this mounting evidence that they do affect other non targeted wildlife, I decided to collate science papers and corresponding press articles to allow people who don’t generally have access to the scientific knowledge enabling you to […]

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Aerial wasp attack on flying honey bee I have watched many wasps killing prey, whether they were flies, caterpillars or honeybees. However they have all been caught when the prey item was stationary on a flower or other stationary platform. This was my first encounter with the wasp actually catching the honeybee whilst both were in […]