I went out to try to photograph the gorgeous gingery stamens on some newly-flowering poppies on Saturday and was entranced by the tiny bees foraging on them. I thought they were hoverflies at first, but their behaviour was far more bee-like.
Tying to measure a very small moving creature isn’t easy, but they are about 7-8mm long. The poppy seed head was about 9mm across the top. To compare the scale have a look at my picture of a fairly small bumble bee completely obscuring the seed head of one of the black-stamened poppies.
If anyone can identify the little creatures for me (and confirm my assumption that they are indeed bees), I’d be pleased to learn more about them.
Trying to get a shot of a bee actually in a borage flower has, so far, proved beyond my capabilities, but I like this failure.
Spotting this gorgeous eyed hawk moth hidden among the runner beans leaves in my garden this afternoon made my day. It was a bit tricky shooting with one hand while holding the leaf upside down with the other, but I had to give it a try. The image records the moment rather than the beauty of the creature. To imprint it in my memory I keep popping out to have another long look at it.
It’s lucky for this female stag beetle that I’m an untidy gardener. It’s a mystery how she got in there, but the rustling of the old dry leaves as she tried to escape from a long unused terracotta pot caught my attention last night. I was thrilled to see her as I’ve only seen one (male) stag beetle before.
After taking some pictures I liberated the beetle onto the lawn near some shrubs. I tucked some old bits of untreated wood under the bushes for her future offspring to feed on. Well, you can but hope.
In case you’ve never seen a stag beetle here’s Ms Beetle next to a 50p coin to give you an idea of how big they are. I measured her as a little under 4cm long.
Stag beetles are a protected species in the UK and I reported my find to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and Sussex Wildlife Trust.
No, not that Nigella, sorry. But thanks for visiting.
There’s something about hospital corridors that appeals to me. If I had enough energy to spare I’d like to do a little project to document corridor life in a hospital.
I do love Morris Travellers and it’s nice seeing this one around my neighbourhood from time to time.
This shot shows reflections in, marks on and the view through my neighbour’s shed window. I like the somewhat surreal multi-layered, double-exposed look of it.
Archimedes lives five or six doors away and sometimes visits my garden. If Polly catches him on her territory there’s usually a punch up. Yesterday evening he sat quietly in the overgrown back alley while Pol glowered at him from our gate and I took his photo.