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Ladybird pupae

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
There currently appears to be the largest quantity of ladybird pupae I've ever seen in my garden. I'm not sure whether they are pupae of the standard UK ladybirds or the notorious harlequin... Continue reading...
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The great strapping fellow

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Since having to wear reading glasses [...] I do that 'double take' thing of having to square my face to something then back off a few inches to get it into focus... Continue reading...
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Asparagus beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
To my mind, the asparagus beetle, Crioceris asparagi, is one of our most beautiful insects. Continue reading...
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The birch sawfly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[The children] were amazed when I told them that instead of a moth, the larva would turn into a sawfly the size of a hornet... Continue reading...
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Cuckoo

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
I'm still recovering from a recent night spent under canvas, which was particularly notable for a visit from our local cuckoo. Continue reading...
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Snakes in the grass

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I've dredged up from the back of my mind a statistic - something like 1 in 25 UK gardens with a pond will have a grass snake in it. Continue reading...
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Grey squirrels

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm not overly fond of grey squirrels. Compared to the reds, which the greys have replaced, they are great lumbering brutes. Continue reading...
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Bees at Gardeners' World Live

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Ordinarily, I expect the NEC at Birmingham is one of the most sterile places on the planet. [...] But for one week of the year it is transformed... Continue reading...
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Stag beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Just over a week ago I was outside one evening singing 'Happy Birthday' to my mum down the phone. Half way through I was interrupted by a huge male stag beetle flying low over the garden... Continue reading...
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Bumblebees in the compost bin

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We have a bumblebee nest in our compost bin. I first noticed them a month ago when the first few workers started coming and going. Continue reading...
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