|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|