Some pyrethroid insecticides have in the past been considered safe for bees because they have a repellent effect which is thought to keep the bees away from insecticide-covered flowers. The … Continue Reading What doesn’t kill you, doesn’t always make you stronger! If you are a bee.
Orchids flower over quite a long period, with the dates of the flowering season varying somewhat with latitude. In Scarborough, I spotted (sic) my first Common spotted orchid – in … Continue Reading Orchids come and go!
Kittiwakes are such good parents! They each spend roughly the same amount of time on the nest looking after the chick(s), whilst the other goes in search of food. During … Continue Reading Such good parents!
Since it’s Bees Needs week, I thought that I would put together a blog about bees using photographs I have taken recently in Scarborough and Spain. Taking photographs of bees … Continue Reading Bees knees and tongues!
I took a picture of this fly, which I think is a common Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), sitting on the inflorescence of an umbelifer plant. When I looked closely I … Continue Reading Tiny green metallic wasp
I remember being delighted when, as an undergraduate studying zoology, I first came across the term ‘spaced out gregariousness’. This memorable phrase was coined by Professor J S Kennedy (1912-1993) and … Continue Reading Spaced out aphids!