Wood ants Formic rufa

Last week on a visit to Norsey Woods in Billericay, Essex, I tracked down a wood ant nest and photographed the ants as they collected up food and nest building material. This pair were dragging a dead ant back to the nest. Others were moving small twigs and leaves to the nest. I did manage…

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Colymbetes fuscus and Rhantus frontalis diving beetles

A few shots from July, taken with my photographic aquarium set up, of a couple of medium sized diving beetle species. First up Colymbetes fuscus. I also photographed this smaller Rhantus sp. probably Rhantus frontalis. Related posts: Water louse, bloodworm, Rhantus suturalis diving beetle and Limnephilus rhombicus caddisfly larva Dytiscus diving beetle larva Lesser diving…

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Letter to my MP on the badger cull

Dear Andrew Rosindell I am writing to you to express my concerns over government plans to cull badgers. The current plans to cull badgers seem to be scientifically unjustified, as trails (the Krebs trail for example) have shown their effectiveness for bTB control seems to be minimal and in some cases make the problem worse.…

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