First butterflies of the year

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A green-veined white, Pieris napi, was the first to appear, fluttering down to examine the mock orange flowers. Continue reading...
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Death-watch beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I wasn't spooked by the nocturnal ticking, but it was a tad irritating trying to get to sleep the first couple of nights with this amorous percussion going on all around us... Continue reading...
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Vine weevils

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A recent comment to a blog entry got me thinking about vine weevils. I haven't seen many in my garden for a few years. I wonder if this is the result of my zero-tolerance approach. Continue reading...
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Long-tailed tits

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Big news from the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey results just out: the long-tailed tit has made it, for the first time in the survey's 30-year history, into the top 10. Continue reading...
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The first bumblebee of the year

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The first bumblebee of the year flies past like an animated boot brush. Continue reading...
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Jays

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Sunday, and the spring sunshine hit East Dulwich with a blast of warmth that has got everything moving again... Continue reading...
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Newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Inside the chow mein box, curled up in some soil is a tiny newtlet, or is it a newtling? Anyway, a baby newt. Continue reading...
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Shieldbugs

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I love this clunky green beast, with its clockwork waddle and slight marzipan scent. Continue reading...
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Spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There's a spider the size of a gardening glove in my compost bin. It obviously gets a good living in there, feeding on the flies, woodlice, beetles and earwigs... Continue reading...
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Wireworms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There are precious few bugs about still. A small cloud of diaphanous winter gnats flutters above the shed but all else is quiet, until I pull up a small groundsel plant. Continue reading...
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