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I’VE WANTED A MOTH TRAP for quite some time but the temptation to spend my hard-earned cash on camera gear has always seduced me away from this yearning. However, this month I finally took the plunge and brought myself a...
JUNE IS A GREAT MONTH FOR BUTTERFLIES with up to 54 species on the wing (a significant increase from the 35 species that can be seen in May). The bittersweet irony was that during June, work commitments meant that I...
SPRING HAS ARRIVED and many butterflies (up to 35 species) are on the wing! It is at this time of year than many specialist species occur, such as the Grizzled Skipper.  I had the privilege of seeing this chunky, plucky and totally...
On the 6th April (22 days after finding the pupa) the cocoon split and a beautiful Angle Shades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa) finally emerged. I was beginning to think that the pupa had died and that my daily breaths of moist...
On 15th March, I found this wonderful moth pupa in my garden shed.   The case had a reflective waxy-like coating (not too dissimilar to a ladybird elytra) a good subject for which to experiment with stacking, studio flash and diffusion....
During February, my attention shifted from that of stalking insects to playing detective while rummaging within my local woodland in search of the most elusive of organisms – Fungi. Fungi are fascinating for the incredible variety of fruiting bodies they...
The first butterfly sightings of 2017 have been recorded by Butterfly Conservation. Butterflies reported were all seen outside, active and not in hibernation. The earliest recording was of a Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta – on 1st Jan (Sussex), followed by...
This was the last volunteer conservation session at Parc Slip for the year and on Friday 16 December all the volunteers from the various nature reserves in Mid Glamorgan and the Vale of Glamorgan came along to join in. We wore...
Normally a rare beast, with only 4 dots in the NBN (National Biodiversity Network) map of Britain. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to have spotted the Giant Willow Aphid – Tuberlolachnus salignus, on 2nd December at Parc Slip Nature Reserve,...
It’s now mid November and dragonflies can still be found perching and warming themselves on the fence-posts of my local nature reserve. Dragonflies can be broadly divided between hawkers, which patrol up and down or in zigzag fashion, chasers and...