Monthly Archive: July, 2011

March of the Harlequins

This is the larvae of the Harlequin Ladybird which can be seen feasting on aphids on my balcony’s hop plant. Although Harlequins closely resemble our own native Ladybirds they are  actually introductions from… Continue reading

Speckled Wood

This Speckled Wood Butterfly was snapped sunbathing on my balcony’s climbing hydrangea. Its caterpillars feed exclusively on tall, wild grasses which grow in dappled shade – a habitat which is currently found throughout… Continue reading

The flying potter

I was lucky enough to get a shot of this little beauty, the other morning ,when I noticed it perched on a fern on my balcony.  It’s been identified as a “Potter Wasp” … Continue reading

An insect which solves murders!

This humble Greenbottle Fly (Phaenicia sericata) was spotted sunbathing on my fern the other afternoon. Whenever I see this sort of  fly I can’t help thinking about Jeff Goldblum’s slow and gory disintegration… Continue reading

An “uncommon” visitor

This striking  species of hoverfly (Chrysotoxum festivum)  has been identified as being quite rare in the north of England – so I feel quite privileged to receive a visit from such an “uncommon”… Continue reading