Gibbaranea gibbosa orb weaver spider

Back in June a colleague brought in an interesting orb weaver spider with distinctive ‘bumps’ on the abdomen. After some detective work and ultimately an ID from Peter Harvey, it was identified as a Gibbaranea gibbosa. Its not particularly rare, but a firs for me. Just goes to show new species can turn up anywhere,…

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Best of 2016 part 2

Here is part 2 of my 2016 review, carrying on from part 1. I had a wildlife trip up to Yorkshire for an early birthday present and one of my targets was a common hawker dragonfly. I had seen a probably common hawker in the Cairngorms back in 2014, but I’d never had a good…

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Best of 2016 part 1

As is tradition now, as 2016 is drawing to a close, I’ve written a review of the year. Its been a mixed year, where for reasons that will become apparent below, I’ve not been able to get as much with the camera as in previous years, but I’ve had few nice wildlife experiences, got a…

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Wet fox

Back in February 2015, there was a fox that had been fed (not by me) coming to a car park regularly during the day. Once those feeding it stopped, it soon learned that people meant dogs not food and the fox ceased to be so tame. But before it did I had a few lunchbreaks…

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Rockpooling at West Looe

Its been a while since I’ve blogged properly, so here is an attempt to get back in the swing of things. Back in September I had a holiday to Cornwall, during in which I spent a number of days in Looe on the SE coast. At West Looe there is a wonderful rocky shore, where…

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Insect week Day 2: Hornet Robberfly

I have decided to write about one of my favourite invertebrates for each day of National Insect week.  Day 2 is the Hornet Robberfly. At 25mm long and with its stocky build, the Hornet robberfly Asilus crabroniformis is probably the biggest true fly (Diptera) in the UK.  The adult has yellow and black markings of…

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Insect week day 1: Bee-wolf

Ive decided to write about one of my favourite invertebrates for each day of National Insect week. First up its the Bee-wolf Philanthus triangulum This is one of our largest species of solitary wasp (up to 18mm) that that hunts honey bees, which is the origin of the name bee-wolf (also sometimes referred to as…

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