An irregular blog of photos taken by me of insects and other natural history subjects on my travels around Yorkshire, Britain and Europe. Hopefully you'll find them useful in putting a name to your own specimens but always check your identifications with an expert.

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Oaken Wood, 28/05/11 - update

Just had it confirmed that the Cricket nymph I photographed was a Roesel's Bush-cricket which is a first for me.

Roesel's Bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii

Bee Hotel Update, Silsden 10/06/11

As of 10th June the Red Mason Bees Osmia rufa have completed 14 tubes.

Oaken Wood, 28/05/11

Here are a few pics of my trip down to Oaken Wood (Grid Ref SU9933) on the Surrey/Sussex border from a couple of weeks ago. Although it was cloudy, this site never fails to deliver.

Glow-worm larva Lampyris noctiluca

 Long-horned Bee Eucera longicornis

 White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes

 Wood White butterfly Leptidea sinapis

 Nemophora degeerella

Hotel Residents

The Red Mason Bees Osmia rufa have been busy over the past month collecting pollen and creating cells for their eggs. Here's a female coming back with mud to seal one of the tubes. - Update: following comments I've amended the title of the 2nd pic.

Osmia rufa female

Colletes male (perhaps C.daviesanus)