|Not the most exciting of photographs but shows two grass snakes making sweet music, Nottinghamshire April 2013.|
Not the best photographs I have ever taken. Once I got home about 12ish I realised that my camera settings had been altered. I almost always photograph using aperture priority. These were taken on some preset, probably landscape! Note had to lie on my belly to get this shot.
After a quick sandwich and adrink I wanted to make the most of the good spring weather so a trip to Budby Heath up sherwood way was in order. The target, a yearly trip to see Oil Beetles, Meloe proscarabeus, My wife found them there a bout 3 years ago. Below are a group of photographs showing a rather large female digging a hole in which to lay her eggs. And guess what, I was lying on my belly again this time in the middle of a public footpath. Still I'm reasonably happy with photographs.
Finally you can't go on Budby Heath in April or May without looking for one of my all time favourites, the Tiger Beetle, Cicindela campestris. Look for bare sand along the main paths, watch for insects flying up in front of you and follow the until they land. Sneak up on them they're probably a Tiger Beetle avoiding your foot. Also shown is a Tiger Beetle Larva, these bad boys eat ants that stray into their hole. Fantastically designed, the head acts as a stopper. To get them out I wiggle a bit of dried grass in the entrance to their hole, they can't resist coming to have a look. And guess what, I was on my belly when Photographing this larva.
|Tiger Beetle Larva, Budby Heath April 2013|
|Adult Tiger Beetle, Budby Heath April 20th 2013|