Latice brown and cleopatra butterfly, swallowtail caterpillar tiger beetle and house martin on Mounda beach, Kefalonia

A couple of years ago I went to Kefalonia, staying in Skala at the south of the island. A decent walk away was Mounda beach near Katelios. This beach is one of the last breeding sites for loggerhead turtles on Kefalonia, a species that is under threat from expanding tourism. However there is a group…

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…