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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A foxy encounter

Back in March I came across this fox as I was leaving work. I was th only person in the park and this fox look surprised to see me. I walk around with the fox trying to pre empt its next move and in doing so maanged a few backlit shots I even got one…

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Wonderful red kites

A few weeks ago, after finally getting my Pentax K-3 back from repair, I visited an Oxfordshire site to photograph some red kites. We put down some chicken and waited, and it turned out to be a good days photography! Related posts: Gigrin Kites in dismal weather Red Kites and Raven at Gigrin Rudd fry…

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Best of 2015: part 1

Well its that time again, time to look back at the photos taken over the year. This is just a photo heavy post with not much writing so just scroll down through my year in photos. Th year started well with a trip to RSPB Rainham in less than perfect conditions resulting in this kestrel.…

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