Y’all know I love my weird plants…here’s another hemi-parasitic species in the same family as broomrape and squaw root(Orobanchaceae). I love showing people these parasitic plants because 1) they’re always so shocked that such a thing exists and 2) they’ve usually never noticed them before, even though they are actually common! I found this population […]
I found this beautiful nesting aggregation of ashy mining bees (Andrena cineraria) and I was thrilled! My first bee nesting aggregation in Ireland, after I’ve been here for over a year. Plus, these are gorgeous bees, with a silvery fringe, and these freshly emerged individuals were just shining and perfectly new. I can’t get over […]
Just a couple bumblebee paintings I did, they’re not very good, but I’m learning anyway! Also, PSA, bees are cute. These are my two favourite bumblebees, I love the male B. lapidarius, and female B. ruderarius.
I think a lot of people feel like jackdaws are boring, probably because they are common, but I actually think they are adorable. I caught this one nesting. She got this big stick but couldn’t fit it in the nest! She looked at me like “Stop photographing this!” Then she sat on top of the […]
I had a really strange interaction in the glasshouses yesterday. To understand, you have to know a little bit about these glasshouses. First, they are ancient, broken down things hidden in an old alley between buildings. Last year, when I first found them, they were full of rubbish. With the help of the botany technical […]
Sometimes birds like to bathe in the gutter outside my window, but it’s rare for me to catch them! I got these photos of a little blue tit splashing in the gutter, which I thought were very cute. So fluffy
The weather this spring has been incredibly wet and cool, so I haven’t seen too many bees, but I did catch these photos in between bouts of rain. I love the hellebores, but it is so tough to photograph bees visiting these flowers…first, you have to photograph them basically upside down, and then the light […]