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I will continue to post last year’s photos while this winter weather continues.  I am away from home for a good part of the day; certainly the part of the day with the best light for taking pictures.  We haven’t been out anywhere recently either, so nothing much to show or tell you.

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Rear end of a vole. I think this may be a Field Vole (Microtus agrestis) rather than a Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus).

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Front end of a vole.

This vole was hiding behind the wheel of the hose-pipe cart.  In fact, the shots were taken just a couple of weeks ago but I was unable to add them to the other posts I’ve published this year.  Field Voles are aggressive and noisy rodents and like to live in damp and tussocky grass.  Exactly!  Our garden is full of that at the moment.

008Bees on chive flowers (640x480)

Bees on Chive flowers

I let most of my herbs flower as I prefer to see the insects and flowers to having perfect tasting herbs.

009Cuckoo bee Psithyrus vestalis on chive flower (640x480)

I believe this is a Cuckoo Bee (Psithyrus vestalis) on Chives.

005Micro Moth (640x480)

A micro moth I found in grass. I haven’t yet discovered what it is called.

001Micro moth (640x497)

Another micro moth seen on a wall. I apologise for the shot being out of focus.

042Brown Hawker (640x488)

A Brown Hawker dragonfly. This is the only photo I managed to get of it and it blends in so well with the dead leaf it was perching on. This is our only Hawker with amber wings and has prominent yellow stripes on its thorax. These can just be seen above the wings. I believe this is a female.

047Tachina fera on marjoram (640x427)

Tachina fera on Marjoram.  The larvae of these flies are parasites of saw flies and other caterpillars.

048Small tortoiseshell on marjoram (640x427)

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) on Marjoram

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Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on Marjoram.

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Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on Marjoram.


051Poss ichneumon wasp Amblyteles armatorius (640x485)

This is an Ichneumon wasp (possibly Amblyteles armatorius but I have my doubts about this ID). It is on Bronze Fennel.

053Flesh fly and ichneumon wasp (640x430)

Ichneumon Wasp and Flesh-fly (Sarcophaga carnaria) on Bronze Fennel.

011Moth (640x480)

Unknown moth.  Angle Shades moths (Phlogophora meticulosa) fold their wings like this but I am not sure that they are this dark in colour.

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A rather chewed Small White butterfly (Pieris rapae).

012Large Yellow Underwing (640x480)

Large Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua pronuba)

011Female southern hawker (640x427)

Southern Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea) – female.

Best wishes to you all!