Tag Archives: Insects

Wordless Wednesday – 05/08/2015 – Ant Antics: How many ants can you get on a single chive?

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Some fun: Learning to count with hoverflies

Hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) belong to a large family of flies. They are true flies, with only one pair of wings (wasps and bees have two pairs). Hovering is a speciality, with the head of the insect remaining completely still whilst … Continue reading

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Congested Airspace – A weekend of insects on the wing

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” – Richard Vaughan This weekend it was difficult to be outside in the garden without breathing … Continue reading

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The Arrival of the Exotic Humming-bird Hawk Moth

I get excited each year when the red valerian flowers open in the garden for no other reason than I know that the Humming-bird Hawk Moths love it and if I look out early morning or evening I have a … Continue reading

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Bumbling towards summer

Yesterday I was planting out some of the flowers and vegetables bursting from their modules in the greenhouse. So I was head down in the borders and beds for much of the day. There was a lot of humming going … Continue reading

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Stumperies and Stickeries

Deep in the Pleasure Grounds at Wimpole, in a neglected corner of the shrubbery, there are some interesting architectural structures being developed to encourage the local fauna and improve insect diversity. One of these is a Victorian stumpery and at … Continue reading

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