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Hello Richard,I saw my first swift today here in Ewell, it's the first since 31th July last year.How do they know when it's the end of July and time to leave.Oldchippy. They leave as soon as their young are fledged. They never land except to breed. The swifts finally arrived on ...
On Sunday I threw a vine weevil into a harvestman web. Thinking it would escape (following your blog from eons ago), I watched as the spider pounced and wrapped its prey in a thick silken cocoon. There was a slight struggle, then the weevil appeared to give up. An hour later the ...
Can anyone tell me why there are so many wasps about, its only March well give or take a few days. There not small either they are quite big. I have also noticed them in the shubbery of my local supermarket. Any answers Hello, I would say the warm
Hi Can anyone help with this? I am a very novice gardener, I hired a(non professional) odd job man to help me prepare a small vegetable plot so my kids could grow some vegetables. The thing is, when doing it, he found 3 wasp nests in the ground so
had met a foul end because of their ill-deserved reputation and wholly misunderstood life style.Despite their size and loud buzzing, hornets, Vespa crabro, are the most docile of our social wasps, and also the most secretive. It was a wonder to see
Ants are eusocial insects that belong to the same order as wasps and bees.
with a nectar/pollen cake. Had some bees nesting low down near the ground seemingly behind a pot/small rhododendrun. Small, rust coloured bees. After a few days, wasps started going in and out of the same place and now no sign of any bees, just wasps
and 1950s, there was a series of sightings of this spectacular insect, which, as time went on, became more frequent.Most black and yellow wasp-like hoverflies bear aphid-eating larvae so beloved of gardeners. Volucella larvae have a much more exotic life
is disappointing. Their flavour is poor due, I presume, to lack of sun (which they need to build up sugar content). They are also very watery. Interestingly, there has been almost no wasp damage on the fruit, proving that wasps are as fussy about their plums as I
've decided I am going to build one, but only along very particular lines.Many species of solitary bees and wasps nest in tunnels bored into wood. They often use old beetle burrows, rather than digging their own. And of course leaf-cutter bees will nest in any