Yellow & Black & Hairy All Over

No wonder the birds don't fancy eating them and the Ragwort in the fields is teeming with these brightly coloured caterpillars of the The Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae), a moth which can be seen flying amongst the grasses during the daytime, especially when disturbed. Please see the adult below. Feel free to click the images to... Continue Reading →

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Beauty From The Wood

July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

On The Shed wall

2 photos in this post .... feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … This is the very varied Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) clinging nicely to my shed wall. July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Staying Alive

I wondered where all my tadpoles had gone. Spotted a couple of little juvenile frogs today hiding under a piece of bark in my back yard. Below how it began life feeding on algae in the pond into the carnivorous creature above. It is one way to keep the slugs down. Nature is trully a... Continue Reading →

Join The Clubiona

I found this little Clubiona sp. of spider under my green recycling bin hatch. Oh ... do not click twice on the top full face image unless you really want this nice spider right in 'your' face .... July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

All The Browns

Out in the local fields these Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) are flourishing this summer. An odd perspective, I know, but sometimes all you get is all they want to show you before they flutter 🙂 Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … July 2019, local... Continue Reading →

Zebra

These Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus), always appear to be quite territorial, and I only ever see them around the outside of my shed and garage. And boy do these little jumping spiders jump! Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … July 2019, rear garden, South... Continue Reading →

A Drink Of Thistle, Thank You

Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola). The fields have been teeming with these lovely little ones. Many thanks to Brian from the brilliant blog 'Butterflies To Dragsters' for accurately identifying this beautiful species. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images ... July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England.... Continue Reading →

Around In Circles

Thankfully it appears to be quite a good year for these butterflies, with me spotting quite a few out in the local fields. July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

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