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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Prince of Wales Park, Eldwick, 11/04/12

A quick walk around Prince of Wales Park this morning produced honeybees and several bumblebee species including Red-tailed Bombus lapidarius, White-tailed B.lucorum, Buff-tailed B.terrestris and Garden B.hortorum. There were also a couple of Tawny Mining Bee queens on the Bilberry.

Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva

Skipwith Common NNR, 01/04/12

A problem with my PC has lead to few posts being published over the past year but I have finally managed to get the following photos uploaded from my recent visit to Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve. I specifically went there to try and find Adders but after searching all morning, it wasn't until the afternoon when one suddenly appeared, crossing the footpath in front of me.

Andrena clarkella 

A. clarkella and it's cleptoparasite Nomada leucopthalma 

Adder Vipera berus (male) 

Adder V.berus (close-up) 

Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara