I discovered this mighty beast walking up the hall this evening. Not a word of a lie it was at least 6 feet from front to back toe. An absurd monster, stalking around the house seeking to eat anything in its way. Giant teeth. Growling too. It attacked my dog, thank goodness I don’t own a cat!
I’m going to hazard a guess and say this is a Dark Bush Cricket. Might be wrong but it’s definitely a Bush Cricket and from the size of the ovipositor I’d say she’s a lady.
In case you’re wondering I scooped her up and put her outside 😃 She savaged my arm but I’ll be ok.
Dinner for two?
I like to leave some apples under the tree for nature to enjoy. Blackbirds and thrushes enjoy a rotting apple, and so does my dog! But yesterday in the autumn sunshine it was the butterflies that were making the most of it. And hundreds of Green Bottle flies too.
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Swarms of bees look pretty dangerous but the first thing to say is don’t worry! They’re pretty docile and if you treat them with respect you’ll have nothing to worry about. Watch them and admire them – when bees swarm it’s one of nature’s little miracles!
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Swarm of bees in the garden!
Crikey! Just take a look at what we found in amongst the roses this afternoon! A huge swarm of bees…
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We’ve got an unusual bumblebee in our garden!
Here’s a photo of a European Tree Bumblebee buzzing around our garden! A colony of these bees have moved into a Blue Tit nest box… It’s an unusual little bee and it shouldn’t really be here.
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Ermine Moth Caterpillar Nest
A bit out of territory… This picture is from a recent trip to Devon. The ghostly web across this hedge is the work of the Ermine Moth Caterpillar. Apparently it’s a good year for Ermine Moths – though I guess this depends if you’re a tree! See this BBC News article about what happens when an Ermine Moth infestation gets serious!