Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sunshine between the rain

It was a rare day of sunshine, warm and almost rainless and the insects were making the most of it.  Down by the river Pont the marsh marigold is over but the cuckoo flower is out in abundance, fed on … Continue reading

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Sitting not Hovering

For most hoverflies life is a deception; their main aim is to mimic something a little more scary like a bee or a wasp.  As their name suggests many tend to hover when in flight but this is not a … Continue reading

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Carrying a drop of water

A quick morning visit to Tony’s Patch Nature Reserve near Haydon Bridge confirmed that the bluebells were still putting on a good show.  The wild garlic was also doing well giving a white and blue carpet in places.  The large … Continue reading

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Looking at the wrong things

Last time I was at Juliet’s Wood near Slaley it was a couple of years ago and I was looking at the first signs of spring, mostly spring flowers.  This time I was accompanying a botany group to get as … Continue reading

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German or Common?

There are many and varied types of wasp but we normally think of the creature with yellow and black stripes when the word ‘wasp’ is used.   While the first brood of tiny workers of some of the bumblebees were out … Continue reading

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Camping before the midges arrive

Scattered around Kielder Forest are a number of wild camping sites, flatish areas out in the more remote parts of the forest designed for a few small tents.  One of the closer ones to a road is near East Kielder, … Continue reading

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