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Apple sawfly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 October 2012 at 08:12
I view our raggedy apple tree as a wildlife resource, as it supports lots of interesting apple-eating creatures, including apple sawfly. Continue reading...
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Leafhoppers on sage

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
26 September 2012 at 09:03
Sage is one of my favourite herbs, and I have also discovered, rather belatedly it seems, that this herb is host to an incredibly pretty leafhopper. Continue reading...
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Leaf-cutter bees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2012 at 10:08
We have leaf-cutter bees nesting in the wind chimes. These, however, being bamboo, never so much chimed as clonked. Continue reading...
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Bats

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
29 August 2012 at 10:44
“It’s either a really big moth, or there’s a bat in the bedroom,” So I was woken from deep sleep into the deep blackness of our French holiday gite, just over a week ago. Continue reading...
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Glow-worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
15 August 2012 at 10:09
The marvel of glow-worms, and their New World equivalents the fire-flies, has entered popular mythology. Is it any wonder? Continue reading...
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Gatekeeper butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
01 August 2012 at 11:57
I’ve just submitted my two online reports for this year’s Big Butterfly Count. I know, from the start, that this is going to be a good year for gatekeepers. Continue reading...
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Ragwort

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
18 July 2012 at 10:39
Ragwort is a native plant, and its biodiversity importance rests on its food-plant status for over 30 insect species. Continue reading...
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Pond snails

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
04 July 2012 at 10:22
[...] pond snails are much more delicate than their terrestrial counterparts — slimmer and more elegant. Continue reading...
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Parakeets

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
20 June 2012 at 11:45
[...] when a flock of ring-necked parakeets screech their way over the chimney pots, I may as well be looking up at a squadron of flying saucers. They are so very alien. Continue reading...
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Giant beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
06 June 2012 at 11:57
Sitting in the kitchen, chatting to teenage daughter before bed, she suddenly interrupted the conversation with: “That was a stag beetle, wasn’t it?” Continue reading...
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