Monday, 21 April 2014
Had to post a picture of this flower. I think it's Tulipa saxitilis. I planted these in the garden about 15 years ago. They decide to flower about once every 4-5 years, but they're worth it. They also seem rather attractive to my Mason Bees. This is a nice fresh male taking a look.
Not the chelonian type, but Cassida rubiginosa, the thistle tortosie beetle. Not surprisingly sitting on thistle. Thsi pair were making the most of the warmest day here in Nottinghamshire so far this year. C. rubiginosa is probably the commonest of the tortosie beetles I encounter here in Notts, other include C. viridis, quite a big beetle compared to rubiginosa and C. vibex. If you search thistle, you'll find them.
|Cassida rubiginosa,, male hopping on, Shelford Notts. 21st April 2014|
Friday, 18 April 2014
A strange tussle on Budby Heath this afternoon. Out on one of the paths was this small 3.5 mm Hister beetle, Margarinotus purpurescens. Not the commonest beetle, but one I have encountered before in animal dung. This chap was taking on a Crane Fly larva several times its size. A secure hold was had by the beetle whilst the tipulid larva was flailing around trying to shake it off. I have to say that I separated the two as I needed the beetle for a correct id. This beetle should usually have a reddish spot on each elytron, but as is often the case it is not too clear on this specimen.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
|One of the first pictures with new extension tubes, shocking composition but beetle is in decent detail.|
|Anoplius viaticus - forgot the Vibration Reduction function on the lens. This would have made the image a lot better.|
|As above, but not too bad.|
|Tiger Beetle larva, a flat object, VR on and an example of the added detail you can get by getting a little closer to the subject.|
Monday, 14 April 2014
|Ptinus sexpunctatus 14/04/2014 Stoke Weir Notts.|
|Melecta albifrons Stoke Weir Notts 14th April 2014|
|Melecta albifrons 14th april 2014, Stoke Weir|
|Melecta albifrons Stoke Weir 14th April 2014|
|Salticus scenicus with prey 14th April 2014 Stoke Weir|
|Guess the animal? Skull found 14th April 2014|
Saturday, 12 April 2014
|Male Minotaur beetle perambulating on dog Poo. Sherwood Forest 11th April 2014|
If you read my last blog I added a snap of my female Bullfinch taken with my Macro lens. Well as it happens I include two further shots, this time of a nuthatch again taken with a totally inappropriate lens. This chap was a rather inquisitive bird and was definitely checking me out as much as I was trying to photograph him (or her). A beautiful bird with an almost exotic look, reminds me a little of a Kookaburra.
The scary fly of the title is a rather large Tachinid fly, Tachina ursina. Most Tachinids are parasites, laying their eggs on other insects, the larvae then devouring the live host. T. ursina is about 15 mm in length so must require a relatively large host in which the larvae can develop. It is therefore surprising that the Host is described as unknown in Belshaw's key to British Tachinids.
|Tachina ursina Sherwood Forest 11th April 2014|
To finish this latest ramble, a photograph that to me epitomises spring, A brimstone and Dandelion. Brimstones provide that splash of unnatural colour in April. That together with the knowledge that they have sat the winter out hibernating and still manage to look so fresh is just awesome.
|Goneopteryx rhamni - Angle wing of the Buckthorn. Sherwood Forest 11th April 2014|
Thursday, 10 April 2014
|Escape - Osmia bicornis male emerging from its cell - 10th April 2014 Carltom Nottinghamshire.|
same bee as previous photograph, giving me the eye!
Now from this blog it is pretty obvious that I'm not the birding type, I like birds, I feed them in my garden and I've even been known to twitch, once for a Great Grey Shrike and more recently a trip onto Budby Heath to catch the Parrot Crossbills, I was surprised at their size, I expected a bird a little smaller. However the pair of birds that have given me most pleasure this year are a couple of Bullfinch. I've fed Sunflower hearts for years in my small back garden and attract the usual garden stuff, but this year has been the first year that I have daily visits from a pair of Bullfinch, photograph of the female attached. Perhaps I'm a little odd but in my eyes the females colours are so subtle as to make it far more attractive than the male. Taken with a macro lens through the window! Not quite sure my missus would be too happy if a spent £5000 on a big telephoto. Still when I can take all my pension as cash rather than an annuity I'll perhaps blow some on the Lamborghini of lens a Nikon 500 mm.
|Bullfinch - Carlton Nottinghamshire 10th April 2014. 105 mm Macro lens through double glazing.|