A battle between a dung fly and a jumping spider

(Spoiler: the jumping spider won) Thistles are always a great place to find exciting insect phenomena. Not only do bees and, as I’m increasingly aware, syrphid flies and butterflies, love thistle flowers, but the spiny stems and leaves are a great place for prey and predator alike to hide and chase. If you find a […]

A metallic sweat bee nesting aggregation

So far, I’ve found 4 mining bee nesting aggregations (2 of which I have posted about and 2 of which I will post about) and a feral honeybee hive in a wall that’s hundreds of years old. Therefore, it’s been a spectacular spring for bees and what else really matters anyway? I adore these little […]

Great Crested Grebe

Here’s a bird clue from my trip last week if you haven’t guessed yet. Obviously, the great crested grebe has a pretty broad distribution, but it should help narrow it down to say this is one of the countries where the grebe has a year-round residence. Also, just a beautiful bird! I love the glossy […]

More Rascal photos

I can never get enough of this pup! These two are in love That look of adoration This is what every day should be like…two people petting me at the same time! Happy Face She’s getting a little more distinguished with grey eyebrows these days Yessssss…all the cuddles Rascal demonstrating proper double love paw format […]