Join me in the amazing world of insects.

Bunbury Church

Scorpion Fly

Insects are fascinating creatures. Some possess uncomfortable stings or bites; with a number being down right ugly!

Personally I have a phobia of spiders, but love photographing ones out in the countryside. On top of that I also react quite badly to certain insect bites.

This does not stop my avid interest in them and their place within the ECO system. From being food for others and in turn feeding on fellow insects, or pollinating plants, they all have a job to do.

This scorpion fly was photographed in a field at Peckforton. Obviously it looks far bigger than it actually is!
At the time there were lots of wild flowers. Every year this field is different, but that particular one it was spectacular. Part of the Sandstone trail runs through it and neighbouring fields.
Common Darter Dragonfly

Bunbury Lock

Four Banded Longhorn Beetle

Captured on an Astrantia plant close to a wooded area of Bluebell Cottage gardens.

I'd hate your darkened form
to be there on my hand.
It must be a warning
that black and yellow band.

Maybe to ward of preditors
that seek you for a meal;
in deepest expection
of reducing your appeal.
Common Blue Damselfly

This particular one was taken in Essex, but although I have seen some here on the Shropshire Union canal
they were too quick for my camera last year.
 rhyme traveller bud

Orange Ladybird on Fungi

At first I didn't notice you
for fungi was in my mind,
but then it was your colour;
such an unusual kind.

There in the ancient wood
you search for somewhere to rest.
For you will overwinter;
fallen leaves to be your nest.

Taken at Bluebellcottage gardens in Cheshire.
The petals are shiny due to the torrential downpours throughout the day.

Comma Butterfly

 rhyme traveller bud

Alder Leaf Beetle on Tree Bark

It took me a while to fathom out what kind of beetle this one was; with its long feelers and shiny black body and head.

Quite a lot of beetles have more segments to their bodies.

This image was taken in September 2018. Although it looks big it is actually very small.

Harlequin Ladybird

In 2016 I wrote a poem about this invader, known in America as the Halloween Ladybug.
It has a creamy spotted section and pale brown legs, unlike our native ones which have black legs and no creamy section.
That year they swarmed all over the outside of the house.

Halloween Ladybird

The Halloween ladybird comes again
in her October dress she settles to gain
a place to stay the winter through -
no this is nothing that is new!

Last year she did the very same
kidding me; what's her game?
Pretending that she's a native breed
Looking in admiration, I have to concede.
The spots, they have a different amount
to native ones - nine at my last count.

And with her I see she has a friend.
All day together they seem to spend.
Mainly black with two red spots
I think at first they've got the hots,
then I look and so to find
- yet another harlequin kind.

Covering the house from  head to toe
determined that they will not go!
Keeping the windows tightly closed
will stop inside from being exposed.

Soon more come to have a roam
thinking it too could be their home.
In every nook and cranny they peek
a comfy hole they appear to seek.
Now I say 'just go away'
Even though they're here to stay!

I fear for our native breed
too much they already concede.
For Halloween ones just seem to plot
on how to eat the other lot.
Sneakily hiding within the home
or even inside a garden gnome.

Out they come the following year
offspring over the roses they smear.
Big and brash -  to dominate
other larvae they eliminate.