Archive for the ‘Natural History’ Category

Ruddy Darter

Posted: August 23, 2019 in Dragonflies, Natural History

Yesterday I published some pictures of Common Darter and mentioned a similar species, the Ruddy Darter, so I thought today I would publish some pictures of that species for comparison.

Common Darter

Posted: August 22, 2019 in Dragonflies, Natural History

The Common Darter is one of our commonest Dragonflies and can be easily seen as it has the habit on warm days of resting on fences and on pathways, where it can take up the heat.

It has a mixture of Red and Yellow on the abdomen and this distinguishes it from the similar Ruddy Darter which has a darker red body with no yellow. It is found across most of the UK and flies between June and September, although it has been recorded in all months except January to April.

The Small Tortoiseshell is one of the UK’s commonest garden butterflies. It may hibernate over winter and so is one of the species that can be seen on warm days throughout the year.

It is found across a wide geographic area stretching from Western Europe to China and Japan. There are even a few records from New York but this may have been deliberately released there.

Scarlet Tanager

Posted: August 19, 2019 in Birds, Natural History

One stunning bird. Resident of the USA.


A Male Scarlet Tanager in the Woods up the road from me.

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I haven’t managed to get a photo yet but we have had a couple of Jersey Tiger Moths around the house for the past couple of days. This attractive moth shows its striking black and white barring when at rest and a brilliant burst of orange when it flies, which it often does during the day.

Jersey Tiger.
Photo by Ben Sale ( )

As its name suggests it was until recently only found on the Channel Islands and in South Devon, but it has rapidly expanded its range over recent years and is now found across Southern England.


Posted: August 12, 2019 in Birds, Natural History

Stunning Picos

Posted: August 7, 2019 in Landscape, Natural History, Spain


Some more pictures of the stunning scenery seen on my recent trip to the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain

Box Moth

Posted: August 1, 2019 in Butterflies and Moths, Natural History

We found this Box Moth on our Kitchen window. It is a species first recorded in 2008 in the UK and its caterpillar is considered a pest by many gardeners.

The National Maritime Aquarium in Plymouth is based around 3 large tanks. The first depicts the coastal region off the British coast, the second the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the third which contains sharks. In addition, there are a number of other displays of sea-life from around the world.

Striped Dolphin

Posted: July 25, 2019 in Mammals, Natural History
This is a picture of a striped Dolphin which Keith took from the ferry across to Santander in Northern Spain. On the crossing we saw 3 species of whales (about 7 individuals) and 3 species (about 50 individuals) of Dolphins