Mighty Mite

x3 images. Double click to enlarge fully. A close relation to the spiders and harvestmen, this mite is one of the Anystis sp. – known as the whirlygig mites. One of the slightly larger mites I have come across, it moves very rapidly across surfaces, hunting invertebrate prey. Notice how far back the eyes are.

More Slime

This tiny, brightly coloured slime mould is called Trichia botrytis. It thrives on dead wood, and is quite variable in colour. This was found on the underside of loose bark, and autumn is the time of year that slime moulds mainly make their appearance.

A New Order

The 1000th species to be added to this site was only discovered yesterday in my back garden, and it not only introduces this new species but also a new order of insects which I haven’t featured before – the Psocoptera. This order includes the barklice and the booklice, and in some quarters prefer to be… Read More A New Order

Common Shiny Woodlouse

Oniscus asellus – This is one of the largest native woodlice to be found in the British Isles. It is fairly flat and shiny, marbled greyish-brown in colour with pale markings. One of the ‘famous 5’ very common British species most likely to be seen.

Under The Bark II

3 in 1 – not an oil, but what looks like a juvenile Isotomurus sp. of springtail on the left, a juvenile Common Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) on the right, and an unidentified tiny snail just off centre. All in the space of a about one 3rd of your little pinky nail.

The Queen

Myrmica ruginodis – This is species of one of the red ants you may find nesting in your garden. This is a winged queen. It nests in the ground, in tufts of grass, under stones and in rotten wood. Colonies are usually polygynous with an average of 15 queens and a thousand workers or more.

200 Moths

I have just uploaded the 200th species of moth to A Nature Journey, and when you consider there are around 2,500 species in Great Britain that is but a drop in the ocean. Anyway, here are selection of moths, some you have seen before, and some perhaps you have not. If you wish to visit… Read More 200 Moths

Small White

Pieris rapae – This is a female with her two spots per forewing. So delicate and delightful, this is always a welcome visitor to the garden. It was so windy that day, it was a wonder she could flutter at all with her fragile wings. But she is tougher than she looks, and has to… Read More Small White

Peppered Moth

Biston betularia – I have seen this one a few tmes over the years, but never the completely black form (carbonaria), which is a favourite in genetic evolutionary studies, harking back to the days of the Industrial Revolution and the high levels of soot that was emittted into the atmosphere at the time. The trees… Read More Peppered Moth

Small Magpie

Anania hortulata – This is one of the larger micro-moths, and one most may well be familiar with. They are very much attracted to light. © Peter Hillman ♦ 20th May 2020 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Pink Supermoon

A pink supermoon is not really pink. The name is a northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, ground phlox, and is first seen across North America as spring begins. I was playing hide-and-seek with clouds when trying get the pink supermoon, but I was taken by the silver ‘moon’ lining on the clouds.… Read More Pink Supermoon

Gull And The Sun

Sounds like the name of a seaside pub, I know. As the sun lowers in the sky a lone gull appears to be preparing for it settled on the sea wall. © Peter Hillman ♦ 21st April 2011 ♦ West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Wales ♦ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38

Cherry Fruit Moth

Argyresthia pruniella – This tiny micro-moth is around 6mm (1/4in) long, and you might find it congregating around cherry trees on a warm summer evening. They characteristically rest nose-down. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 27th July 2017Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire