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  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

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PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Wed Oct 02, 19 11:10 pm   Subject: Wildlife
I've seen them in hundreds in good immigration years. They are indeed beautiful.

Henry
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Wed Oct 02, 19 5:33 pm   Subject: Wildlife
An interesting moth, but no idea what it is. With any luck the caterpillar stage of most butterflies and moths is over now, so we stand a chance of our cabbages and salad growing a bit before the wint ...
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Wed Oct 02, 19 5:31 pm   Subject: Wildlife
That's a Silver Y (Autographa gamma) gz. Mainly a migrant species, but the ones that arrive in spring may breed, and be reinforced by an autumn wave of incomers. So uncertain which category this fall ...
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Sep 30, 19 5:00 pm   Subject: Wildlife
I was standing about six feet away from the bird feeder and the sunflower hearts attracted:

http://www.downsizer.net/gallery/29911/marsh+tit+1.jpgPoecile palustris)


and:

http://www.downsize ...
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Sep 30, 19 4:52 pm   Subject: Wildlife
They definitely lovely creatures - I'd be happy to have those in my garden eating the carotty plants.

Henry
  Topic: What I do on Mondays!
buzzy

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PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri Sep 27, 19 11:25 pm   Subject: What I do on Mondays!
Last Monday had a trip to the Brecks. Lovely sunny day and had excellent views of a Woodlark - apparently they usually skulk about on the ground, almost invisible, but this one sat on a wire and sang ...
  Topic: What I do on Mondays!
buzzy

Replies: 811
Views: 549917
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Sep 02, 19 8:44 pm   Subject: What I do on Mondays!
Yes, I'm back!

After an enforced two month absence courtesy careless Porsche Cayenne driver who rear ended our poor little car, my ribs have recovered sufficiently for me to resume Monday ...
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Wed Aug 28, 19 3:05 pm   Subject: Wildlife
Clipped from Wikipedia:

Quote
Dried and powdered, the gall was used to treat colic, as a diuretic, and as a remedy against toothache; the ashes mixed with honey and applied to the scalp were thoug ...
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 19 9:32 pm   Subject: Wildlife
Looks to me like Robin's Pincushions, a gall caused by Diplolepis rosae, a gall wasp.

The galls are used by so many other creatures as homes or a food source, that a whole book has been written abo ...
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Sat Aug 24, 19 7:44 pm   Subject: Wildlife
I love the composition of the Marmalade Fly picture.

It's one of the easiest to identify - sadly, few are that simple.

Henry
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri Aug 23, 19 11:16 pm   Subject: Wildlife
here goes.
http://www.downsizer.net/gallery/29873/C60A0128+%282%29_opt.jpg



I expect you know that is the Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus). Lovely picture.

Henry
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Aug 19, 19 10:34 am   Subject: Wildlife
In general, books are more accurate than the internet. Often, when I have searched the internet for images of a particular species, I have found a mixture of species. That might sometimes be due to di ...
  Topic: Wasps
buzzy

Replies: 16
Views: 2574
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Thu Aug 08, 19 2:04 pm   Subject: Wasps
As I understand it, it is very unusual to have two wasp nests adjacent.
Perhaps they are two different species?
Perhaps there are two entrances to one large nest?

Useful as wasps are, it may be t ...
  Topic: Wasps
buzzy

Replies: 16
Views: 2574
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Thu Aug 08, 19 9:57 am   Subject: Wasps
Make the lawn a no-go area, either by decree, or by barriers!

Henry
  Topic: Wildlife
buzzy

Replies: 500
Views: 185405
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon Aug 05, 19 6:52 pm   Subject: Wildlife
It seems that nobody yet understands (or has not yet published) the reasons for some caterpillars being green and some being brown. It isn't, apparently, a simple genetic link, nor a dietary thing. Wh ...
 
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