Monthly Archive: September, 2011

Purple Toadflax

The Perennial Snapdragon (Linaria Purpurea) Notwithstanding that it has such a great name,  this “purple toadflax” is also remarkable for its ability to provide pollinating insects with a source of  nectar from late spring … Continue reading

“The Shrieking Violet” article about Birley Fields

Here’s an article which I recently wrote for  Manchester’s rather excellent Shrieking Violet Fanzine (2nd birthday edition). It concerns the imminent loss of a large area of wild, urban green space  in my… Continue reading

Ichneumonid Wasp – “spiders beware!”

I was really pleased to get this shot of this particular  species of Parasitical Wasp Polysphincta tuberosa (Ichneumonidae:Pimplinae) which can be seen, here,  resting on a borage  plant on my balcony.According to http://chrisraper.org.uk  ”… Continue reading

Ice Plant (Sedum Spectabile)

The ice plant with its  large, waxy grey-green leaves , produces large flat clusters of small,  pinkish red flowers which are  a magnet to both bees and butterflies alike in late summer and… Continue reading