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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Holt Lowes, Norfolk 10/07/17

Immature female Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

Record shot of Sand Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris arenaria

Back Garden, Silsden 02/06/17

A rather striking Large Narcissus Fly (Merodon equestris) emerged from a pot of daffodils in my back garden this morning...note the 'milky' wings.

Merodon equestris

Bee Hotel, Silsden 23/04/17

At least one male Red Mason Bee Osmia bicornis is still hanging around the bee hotel waiting for the females to emerge.


Osmia bicornis male