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  • Blog Post: Give me sunshine....

    Some mid afternoon sunshine was enough to stir loads of dozy Bluebottles from their slumber to clumsily bounce around on the veranda at work where they were doing their utmost to soak up the weak sunbeams that were focused on there. The white planks were the most popular and you could see them turning...
  • Blog Post: Hot spot

    Brian Churches took this great shot of a huge Flesh Fly (probably Sarcophaga carnaria) sitting on a medium sized Lizard while out on the trail yesterday. These flies are only attracted to dead or decaying matter and this Lizard certainly does not look like it falls into either category. My only thought...
  • Blog Post: Two Greenbottles sitting on a leaf...

    Flies .... mmmmm.... not everyones cup of cha but if you the time, patience and incliniation then they can be very rewarding. Take the humble Greenbottle ... green fly... must be a Greenbottle... mmm.... well, yes, but there are actually several species.... So here are a couple from this week....
  • Blog Post: That Fly...

    And so a little more about the fabulously green, vertically challenged, hooky footed, frenzied tap dancing fly from Monday.... Some lads brought in a poorly young Woodpigeon in a damp bucket and left it on reception. Other than being a bit skinny it looked ok so I was about to take it outside and...
  • Blog Post: Look into my eyes... look into my eyes...

    I rescued this awesome Deer Fly ( Chrysops relictus ) from inside the centre yesterday morning.... partly because she was trying to get out partly because I did not want her sneaking up on me for a spot of liquid lunch.... Those eyes are mesmerising! To go one better than the Deer Fly takes...
  • Blog Post: National Insect Week - a photo splurge!

    With the National Insect Week coming to an end I thought I would share some of my shots from the last few days... and remember that the week may be done but we have months of insect fun to come, so get out there grubbing and bugging and lets see how many more new species for the reserve we can find before...
  • Blog Post: Insect Extravaganza

    Despite the gloomy conditions the air had warmed up and the Insect Afternoon walk yesterday was superb with heaps of different flies, bugs, caterpillers, beetles and spiders.... Have some flies! More images to follow later on.... 15-6-14
  • Blog Post: Wondrous wings....

    I like flies (amongst other things)... Phil and Mel Collins have been 'cultivating' some stunning little Picture Wing Flies called Urophora cardui that lay their eggs in the stem on Creeping Thistle which then develop into a swelling on the stem that you can see around the reserve. Seeing the...
  • Blog Post: A Tangled Bank......a short film by Jerry Hoare

    The smaller inhabitants of the reserve are a favourite of mine. Jerry Hoare loves his invertebrates too and has created a beautifully crafted short video of the life in a Hawthorn and Bramble clump down near the woodland..... I could name all the flies and other critters that take part but it is the...
  • Blog Post: Basking

    Literally thousands of these perfectly harmless flies (Musca autumnalis) were sunning themselves on the benches outside and even on the building this morning. There must have been a mass emergence. David Dent certainly out did me with his head on shot!!! wow.... 13-4-14
  • Blog Post: Tachina.... it makes me happy....

    Annie found this great fly at work today. Managed some shots with my phone and hope that we are right and it is a Tachinid fly called Gymnocheta viridis ..... Like a long Greenbottle covered in spiky bristles! Anyway... if we are right then it is a new species to the ever growing Rainham Marshe...
  • Blog Post: Mad dancers

    Looking out of the centre window today I was regularly treated to the mad display dancings of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in pairs of small groups zooming to and fro across the view with frantically fluttering wings. Judging by the number reported on the trail it bodes well for a good breeding season...
  • Blog Post: Seals and Sandpipers

    Yesterday was actually quite a nice day with good warm sunny spells and little wind. It started well with a record four Common Seals hauled out on the Kentish side. Two big and two small.... Thanks to Bill Crooks for these shots... There were plenty of insects around with various hoverflies...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal inverts

    Signs of Autumn are all around us with Dark Bush Crickets at their loudest in the Cordite; the first Reed Dagger cats craawling across the boardwalk; hoverflies, Small Tortoiseshells and Speckled Woods nectaring off the last buddleia flowers; bees on the iceplants; Common Darters starting to colour fade...
  • Blog Post: Spiders and Flies

    Unlike yesterday where we cancelled the Insect Afternoon due to the inclement weather and lack of insect life; this morning was fantastic with hawkers and darters once again on the wing and five species of butterfly around the trails. The Cordite was especially productive with loads of sexed up Musca...
  • Blog Post: .. and continuing the stripy theme...

    My first walk round for some time today (12 minutes on my bike to lock up last night does not count!) and although it was fairly quiet bird wise it was great for inverts with my first crop of well grown Wasp Spiders in the grass before the Ken Barrett Hide, some interesting hoverflies including the Hornet...
  • Blog Post: Channel Migrant

    It is not just birds that migrate to Britain but insects do too and Rainham plays host to some of these every year. The familiar Marmalade hoverfly augments it UK population with continental immigrants each year while Painted Lady butterflies head up from Africa each year in a succession of broods that...
  • Blog Post: Almost lunchtime...

    There were a few Deer Flies about yesterday in the woodland so probably worth putting some repellent on! Great insects though with pied wings and shiny green eyes! Kevin was the target on this particular occasion! 21-7-13
  • Blog Post: Hobby food!

    Sorry to the lovers of dragons and damsels but to the Hobbies, the emergence in the last two days of the first Hairy Hawkers, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies is good snacking news. Sheltered areas around the Cordite Store are your best bet at the moment if you wish to have a look for them. Mark...
  • Blog Post: Bobbly Bits... real science!

    If you look really closely at a fly or a daddy legs you will see that they only one set of wings unlike bees, wasp and dragonflies for instance which have two pairs. In place of their second pair they have what looks like a little ball on a stick that bounces up and down in flight. These funny little...
  • Blog Post: Dung Seeker!

    On Sunday in the cold dankness that passed for the morning we found this very furry Yellow Dung Fly in the woodland. She seemed quite attached to Annie's finger and was probably asking for directions to the nearest steaming pile left by a passing cow! Taken by me 26-3-12
  • Blog Post: Blossom hunters

    With the first wave of early blossom comign to an end and trees like Cherry taking over it is a good time to get out and find nectar loving insects! I found this richly coloured Tawny Mining Bee on Sloe the other day and Les managed to shoot a Bee-fly that had stopped for a rest adter all that...
  • Blog Post: New to Britain...

    Hot of the press (well my pc anyway...) is news that an interesting little ground bug that I snapped a couple of weeks back is in fact completely new to the British Isles although it has been predicted as a colonizer. I leave it there for the moment but will post more details and a nice snap very soon...
  • Blog Post: Happy Hovers Part IV

    Now for some mimics.... The Volucella family includes the largest hoverfly species and those best adapted to look like Hornets and Bumblebees... Volucella inanis- the Yellow-nosed Hoverfly (Brenda Clayton) Volucella zonaria - the Hornet Hoverfly (Brenda Clayton) Volucella pellucens...
  • Blog Post: Early sun

    Had a short walk this morning in the sunshine along the river wall and back. Slugs and snails everywhere as they made their way back into cover and there were plenty of hoverflies around including various Volucella bumblebee mimics and lots of dragonflies including Emperors and a couple of Migrant Hawkers...