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 […]

Where are the insects on my car windscreen? Do you remember the days when you used to drive your car in the countryside during the summer and upon returning found the windscreen and front grill splattered with insects? They could be a real pain to clean from your car. As they years went by, I noticed […]

What do mosquitoes eat? If you have a wildlife garden pond, its likely you have mosquitoes with larvae swimming in it or adults flying over it. They were one of the first inhabitants of my new wildlife pond. There are so many predators in my pond that they certainly do not last long! So what do […]

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) hunting, catching and eating prey in wildlife garden Oh the joys of wildlife gardening! Bees, birds, hedgehogs, frogs, newts, butterflies, wasps, moths, dragon and damselflies! I was just looking at some wildflowers and caught this damselfly resting on a flower stem, growing in my new wildflower meadow.. more soon on that topic!! […]

Large Red damselfly using my new wildlife garden pond to oviposit Wildlife gardening brings such pleasure and beauty into a wildlife garden, if you let it! This beautiful Large red damselfly? (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) took some time to lay her eggs inside the water mint in my new wildlife pond, (no fish allowed!) You can see that […]

Homemade mosquito trap for home or garden. I have seen mosquito type larvae in my pond where I do have predators to keep them in check. I like to have a Plan ‘B’ though! This video embassies typical mistakes that can be made and therefore not make this trap as effective as it could be. […]

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 […]