August 2020

We’re out and about again in August, still lots of butterflies and insects out there loving the plants.  The warmer weather seemed to bring out the dragonflies.

Elephant hawk-moth - Deilephila elpenor

The elephant hawk-moth is a medium-sized hawk-moth, on the wing from May to early August and active at dusk. The caterpillars are seen from July to September and are very characteristic: greyish-green or brown, with two enormous, black eyespots towards the head more…

Photo – Graeme Davis – The Bridle

Chalk Hill Blue - Polyommatus coridon

The butterfly is confined to calcareous grassland in southern England and has declined in some areas during recent decades. A small, widespread butterfly that occasionally visits gardens. Females are similar to Brown Argus, which lack blue dusting near the body, and to female Adonis Blue, More…

Photo – Graeme Davis – Painswick Beacon

Honey Bee - Apis mellifera

Probably the best-known bee, the honeybee has been making honey for thousands of years. In the wild, they live in wooded areas in large hives made of wax honeycombs. The queen lays eggs whilst the workers care for the young, almost like a giant bee nursery.  More…

Photo – Chloe Cox  – GL5

Which Bee?

Talk to most people and they know about honey bees and bumblebees but there are so many more.  In the UK we have over 200 different types.  Identifying many of the smaller varieties is incredibly difficult.  Males and females can be different and within a species, some of the differences can only be seen under a microscope or through dissection.  The Friends of the Earth provide a good starting point See more