Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Then I disturbed a moth in the front garden, the plume moth Amblyptilia acanthadactyla.
But the best find was a very fresh looking peacock settled on the pavement by a fence, with is pictured at the top of the post.
Bombus terrestris queen.
The plume moth Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Saturday, 15 February 2014
The only overwintering stage of social wasps are queens. Males died at the end of the autumn after mating, and the workers a bit earlier. Their large paper nests are now empty, as the life cycle of social wasps lasts for less than one year. Queens overwinter in buildings or other dry places, but the strong wind and mild temperatures have probably helped stir this one out of her hiding place.
The 'anchor mark' on her face identifies her as a common wasp, Vespula vulgaris.
Side view showing how hairy she is.
And a little grooming of antennae before flying off.