Tuesday 21 May 2019

Insects - and a Garden Carpet!

Andy M took a few pictures of the insects seen in his garden over the last week or so.

The Ceanothus is in full flower, and has proved irresistible to the bees, which seem almost to be ecstatic as they bustled busily over the flowers. Mostly Buff-tailed Bumblebees and Honey Bees, but with a few Tree Bumblebees too.

A lovely Comma butterfly was seen soaking up the sun,  as well as a very boldly coloured parasitic wasp, and a Garden Carpet moth was seen resting in the shade on the ivy.

 Buff-tailed Bumblebee

 A pollen-laden Honey Bee

A Tree Bumblebee, with its characteristic ginger thorax and white tail

 A very striking parasitic wasp - probably Ichneumon xanthorius

A Comma butterfly

and .... a Garden Carpet moth

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (amerryweather61@gmail.com)