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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2019 at 15:56    Image of day on 04 Sep 2019

More Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best - making MORE soldier Beetles.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2019 at 15:45    Image of day on 04 Sep 2019

A scrum of Red Soldier Beetles all trying to find someone to mate with. We particularly like the one on the right coming across from a leaf to join in the fray. Also known as the Hogweed Bonking Beetle, its not hard to see why!

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Image Taken on 03 May 2020 at 16:12    Image of day on 27 May 2020

This Red-headed Cardinal Beetle was glowing in the sunshine on the end of some sort of dried up stem.

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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2016 at 12:53    Image of day on 25 Jul 2016

The Red-headed Cardinal Beetle is a quite startling insect even though only about 1.5cm long. It wasn't keen on the photographer's approach and was opening the wing cases to release the wings even as this frame was taken. The never-to-be-answered question is 'where did it go?'.

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Image Taken on 15 May 2006 at 06:14    Image of day on 25 May 2006

The delivery flight for the 06:15 breakfast of green caterpillars to a nestful of youngsters we know not where - there are lots of good places to nest.

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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2007 at 12:12    Image of day on 16 Jul 2007

Robins used this patch of hedge to pause with beaks full of food before diving across the path into a dense growth on the other side where the nest must be.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2013 at 17:16    Image of day on 03 Aug 2013

The robins 'owning' the area around this site have photographed themselves several times with these tiny caterpillars in their beaks. We don't provide Robin nestboxes - they prefer the extensive hedging.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2013 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Aug 2013

Robins are breeding all over the plot - we haven't looked for the nests but see all the activity we expect.
Any volunteers to be a little green grub - the favourite pick by the parents to feed to the nestlings.

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Image Taken on 04 May 2015 at 09:44    Image of day on 27 Jun 2015

The posts supporting about 100 Lombardy Poplars along the farm road are starting to get used by the wildlife. We caught this robin stopping off for a moment presumably on his way back to the nest. Talk about 'overloaded'.

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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2006 at 06:24    Image of day on 29 Apr 2006

Looks like these robins have a family to feed. A small caterpillar we guess is destined for a small beak. This was one of a number of visits.

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Image Taken on 04 May 2015 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Jun 2015

A Robin with a caterpillar in the beak. We are seeing Robins all round the site collecting insects & grubs.
Youngsters to feed already we think.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2013 at 11:07    Image of day on 19 Oct 2013

Neither of our aging ears can hear the chirp of crickets anymore, but we spotted this female Roesel's Bush Cricket low on the ground looking wonderful in the sunlight. The antennae are at least as long as the body of the insect and would probably have carried on out of this crop if not hidden by foliage.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2021 at 16:03    Image of day on 25 Aug 2021

A Roesel's Bush Cricket we found on a garden bench Note the very long antennae sported by Crickets - Grasshoppers sport much shorter antennae.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2008 at 11:04    Image of day on 22 Oct 2008

In some long grass we came across this cricket, body about 2cm long. One of our e-mail recipients suggests that is a Roesel's Bush-Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii) which seems to be correct and is a new sighting this year for this area.

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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2014 at 15:48    Image of day on 20 Nov 2014

We put the insect in the longer grass, and then struggled to get a good image! One antenna goes up and left, the other is bent down to the right.

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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2014 at 15:49    Image of day on 20 Nov 2014

To our horror it then leapt off towards the pond, and jumped right in. We grabbed a hat to scoop it out, but it was managing perfectly fine on the dense weed, so we left it in peace.

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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2014 at 15:47    Image of day on 20 Nov 2014

We picked up this Cricket on a path before it got trodden on, and photographed it 'in the hand' - for scale this is the base of an adult's thumb. The Antenna rising upwards continues for about another frame height - we didn't want to lose the detail of the insects body by shrinking it.

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Image Taken on 11 Apr 2022 at 10:02    Image of day on 12 May 2022

Next day a trail cam catches this Rook picking up a long piece of Blackthorn twig way out of balance for the bird to fly with.
Elsewhere we watched how a Rook managed unbalanced loads. About 10 times a Rook picked up a long twig away from the balance point, drop it, and immediately pick it up again. About the tenth attempt found a reasonably central point and the Rook flew off with their prize. It would seem that Rooks can't estimate where the centre of balance is, and substitute persistence as a means of getting the job done!

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:52    Image of day on 15 Aug 2019

The unexpected re-appearance of this 'antique' rose complete with a 'Marmalade' Hover-fly. Many modern roses are useless to the wildlife, but this old cultivar obviously has lots of goodies on offer.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:52    Image of day on 15 Aug 2019

Detail from the above ...

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