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Harlequin ladybirds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We are being invaded. I had not seen many harlequin ladybirds in my garden this year, but a few weeks ago I noticed that the larvae were climbing over the hedge from next door, in droves... Continue reading...
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Sparrowhawk overhead

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I though the four-year-old and his friend were being noisy on the trampoline, but they were not the source of the shrill screaming last Friday... Continue reading...
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Wasps

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It's getting to that time of year when wasp behaviour changes. And as far as most people are concerned, it's a change for the worse... Continue reading...
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Fungi

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[These curious toadstools] come with a health warning that they produce face-reddening, palpitations, tingling limbs, nausea and vomiting if combined with alcohol, even after two or three days... Continue reading...
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Toad in the garden

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The last few days we've had a toad wandering about near the back door. It ambled out from under the guinea-pig's carpet off-cut weather cover... Continue reading...
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Hummingbird hawkmoths and bumblebees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Each afternoon... we were visited by hummingbird hawkmoths at the honeysuckle flowers. But it took me a few days to realize the bumblebees were different. Continue reading...
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Japanese knotweed

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
When we moved into our previous house, in Nunhead, there was some small, but well-established growth of Japanese knotweed in the back garden. Continue reading...
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An orgy of ants

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The nuptial flight of ants is one of those phenomena that, if you are inside it, is really very spectacular. Continue reading...
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Jersey Tiger moths

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It's eagerness to fly is probably linked to the fact that it is unlikely to be eaten by predators - its bright colours are a warning of poisonous and distasteful chemicals inside its body... Continue reading...
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Tree halos

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A short while ago I was driving past Peckham Rye, when my eye was caught by a series of white halos on the grass under some of the trees... Continue reading...
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