Weevil – Liophloeus tesselatus

This weevil was wandering mechanically at the top of the garden as we supped tea the other afternoon, identified with a bit of research as Liophloeus tesselatus. Their heavily defensive exoskeleton and slow pace mark them out as plant eaters and some of the species are seen as pests to agriculture…

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Bombylius major – The Large Bee Fly

Bombylius major When warm days come in  the first weeks of April the bumble-bees are joined in the bright spring air by a ginger and brown ball of fuzz called the Large Bee-fly, a bee mimic that performs erratic dances through garden flower-beds with its characteristic long proboscis extending out…

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A saunter round the meadow

A terrible admission, but I’ve been struggling to put a blog post together over the last couple of weeks. Time in the evening and at weekends has been scant as I’m frantically busy at work setting up my new business. I also decided to have twice weekly sessions of pre-season…

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Home sweet home

I decided to stay at home today to get the pond cleared up and remove some invasive flag irises that were taking over.The recent heat wave has cooled down a bit making work much easier. So I attacked the irises early on but was abruptly stopped by the sound of…

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