The ivy was literally buzzing with life last month.
Saturday, 10 October 2020
Sunday, 27 September 2020
We’ve seen masses of these around the allotment this year. This is a late instar, close to being an adult.
It seems that they’re very partial to raspberries, yellow or red, they’re not fussy! (Unlike birds which tend to leave the yellow fruits).
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Sunday, 23 August 2020
We haven’t found this particular leaf beetle before (Gastrophysa polygoni). On attempting to identify it, I discovered that it’s quite common in the UK and the most identifiable orange part is called the pronotum on beetles. It was tiny, maybe 3mm.
It was in a wheelbarrow of manure, but I think it probably just landed there, as it’s more likely to be found in leaf litter or on knotweed, which we have on site (not Japanese knotweed). It was very shiny and bright against the dark manure.
More info on this great website - https://www.coleoptera.org.uk/species/gastrophysa-polygoni
Sunday, 9 August 2020
I haven’t found anything worthy of a post to this blog for over a year, but this week I’ve been lucky and these finds definitely deserve a post.
Very snakey, to scare off predators.
Saturday, 18 May 2019
) - pretty little thing. It lives on pollen, so no problem with him visiting the allotment site!
Sunday, 27 May 2018
British Dragonfly Society website I would suggest that this particular damselfly is a Ischnura elegans or Blue Tailed Damselfly - but I may be being fooled by that blue tail :-)