Insects

Silk on hedgerows or trees at this time of the year? You may see layers of silk along hedges or trees. Silk is made by both the Ermine moth and the Oak Processionary moth. So which is it?   4 June 2014 At this time of year we often receive reports of ghostly silken webbing covering […]

Lets help the pollinators and have fun learning! Dear enthusiast, We are all concerned at the plight of our bees and other wild pollinators due to loss of habitat, the introduction of new diseases, and widespread pesticide use. You are receiving this email because you previously signed up to take part in or hear more […]

Dad I think we need to talk about the birds, bees and flowers! Sometimes kids have a way with words!!   From a lovely Finnish web site in English, which I can recommend if you like nature, the environment and a host of related topics in cartoons! Well worth a visit!  

Solitary wasp as an aphid pest controller! Not all wasps sting us! Most never show any interest in us humans to the slightest degree. They prey upon smaller invertebrates including solitary bees and even honeybees outside their busy bee hives.  The wasps either chew up and feed the prey to their young or as in the case of solitary wasps, prey items are […]

 Little Christmas helpers No, not Santa’s elves! These little helpers are much much smaller and deserve our help! What a great infogram! Kudos to whomever took the time to make it. Thanks! Come Dine with bee The Urban Pollinators Project team have recently launched a new and exciting crowdfunding campaign called ‘Come Dine With Bee’.       […]

The insects that made Christmas   Bah! Humbug! So what if all these wasps, midges, flies, bees and other insects all die out? What good are they anyway? Good riddance I say!  Oh! How often I hear these or similar words!! Well for starters Christmas would not be the same! —————————————————————————————————————- At least 15 elements of […]

Hibernating peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies in houses-what to do I often am asked what is the best way to deal with butterflies found hibernating in houses. This may be of interest. The small tortoiseshell butterfly may be found indoors overwintering 18 December 2012 The Red Admiral, which has become a common sight in British winters […]

Nurturing Nature helping the Urban Pollinators Team to raise funds Pledge just £20+ to enter prize draw…….     Nurturing Nature is providing a fantastic, award-winning Solitary Bee nest box (worth £64.95) that you could win if you pledge £20 or more! * towards a project run by the Urban Pollinators Team. It’s alright reading books to […]

Ivy bee, a rather new species heading northwards in Great Britain Have you been lucky enough to see this new species of solitary bee which resembles a honeybee? They can be rather noisy!  Have look at the video.   The last bee to emerge in Britain during Sept and active till November. They emerge just […]

The Life Scientific with Prof. Dave Goulson Prof. Dave Goulson of Sussex University is one of the UK’s chief bumblebee campaigners and researchers. Hear his 1/2 an hour interview on BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific  Meet him @ Gayton Village Hall, Staffs, 25th Nov 2014  “An evening with Dave Goulson” Read his award winning book […]