Pygmy Backswimmer Plea minutissima, Water Flea and Limnephilus caddisfly larva

A few more recent pond photos today, taken in January. This particular dip turned up the first Pygmy Backswimmers in Wat Tyler Country Park, at least that I have seen. These small 3mm bugs, also known at ‘plea bugs’ (Pleidae), have only one species in the UK Plea minutissima, referred to as Plea leachi in…

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Adult woodworm beetle

A week or so ago I photographed something a bit different, adult woodworm beetles. These emerged from some logs a few days after they were brought inside. I think they are quite cute, though you wouldn’t want to find them on (or in!) your valuable antique furniture! This one fell on his back at one…

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Grey seals and scavenging gulls

Some more shots from Donna Nook. A female seal gets aggressive. A reflection shot. And a nice pair of whiskers! Sadly everywhere there are young being raised, there are are some that don’t make it. But nature is not one to waste and the gulls are quick to take advantage. The greater black gulls are…

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Grey seals at Donna Nook

My trip to Donna Nook was pretty productive and I have enough photos for at least a couple more posts. Including this one of a mother and pup. A female making a racket. Another lying around. I got a close up of a seal being aggressive to another. Some more of the pups. Some seal…

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