Dances With Bees
Blogs

Communication within a bee colony is a fascinating subject. Through the use of different pheromones and dances a range of information can be passed between the members of a hive.

Icicles and insects
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Winter is a hard time for many animal species including insects. However, some insects have developed different strategies for coping with the cold months. Some insects avoid being frozen by

What long horns you have
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This beautiful beetle was snapped by Reserves Manager Steve a few weeks ago. Although it has no common name it is in the beetle family known as ‘longhorns’, due to

The return of the forest bug
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I previously blogged about shield bugs and specifically a forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes) found on the reserve. The one I found wasn’t quite in its adult form, but recently I

Buzzing about
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Probably the least favourite of our buzzing insects is the wasp. Their distinctive yellow and black banded body and the buzz that accompanies them provoke fear in most people. An

It’s not a spider!
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I’ll be the first to admit that I am a bit squeamish when it comes to spiders. The fact that harvestmen aren’t spiders, but closely related to them makes me

Warning – dragons!
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On warm, sunny days (if anyone can remember what those are), there is a good chance of spotting fearsome pond dragons around the reserve. Pond dragons, or dragonflies, are truly

An armoured bug
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Shieldbugs can often be found around the reserve. There are several species, with some very colourful and beautifully patterned examples. The tell tale sign that a bug is a shieldbug

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