Author: Rachel Davies

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A Dragonfly a Day- Black-tailed Skimmer

Originally published 06/07/2015. The Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum, is a beautiful dragonfly and one that I chose as the males display pruinescence perfectly. Pruinescence is an additional joy to odonata watching, a waxy secretion...

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A Dragonfly a Day- Emperor Dragonfly

Originally published 05/07/2015. Today’s dragonfly has been chosen as it is the largest species of dragonfly we have here in the UK. The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator, can reach up to 84mm in...

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A Dragonfly a Day- Banded Demoiselle

Originally published 04/07/2015. To kick start National Dragonfly Week I thought I would start ‘A Dragonfly A Day’ with a species that is by far one of my favorites. The Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx...

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National Dragonfly Week 2015

Originally published 28 June 2015. This year National Dragonfly Week will run from 4th to 12th July and what a week it’s set to be! With many dragonflies and damselflies on the wing...

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First Flowers of Spring

Originally published 25 february 2015. With winter slowly drawing to an end, many of us are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. It’s such a wonderful time of year, when everything wakes up...

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In the Spotlight- the Slow Worm

Originally published 7th June 2015. As a budding Zoologist, there are always animals that make my ‘Top to Spot’ list, which consists of animals that intrigue me in some way. Often they are...

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A Quick Guide to- the Bee Fly

Originally published 18 May 2015. The large bee fly, Bombylius major, is fairly common in southern Britain, yet many people are unaware of this insect. They are on the wing from late March...

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Mad March Hares

Originally published 10 March 2015. The European hare, Lepus Europaeus, is a wonderful mammal, brought over from Asia in Iron Age times. In the breeding season they create quite the wildlife spectacle when hare...

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In the Spotlight- the Scarlet/Ruby Elf Cup

Originally published 15 february 2015. Woodlands offer many treats for an avid nature lover and the Scarlet Elf Cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea, or Ruby Elf Cup, Sarcoscypha austriaca, are most definitely high on my...

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A Quick Guide to- the Weevil

Many of us in Britain will have heard the name Weevil uttered at some time or another. For me, I first heard it as a child when I opened up a bag of...

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