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Anthophora sp. on Flickr.

Quite a few of this species appear at our nepeta plants when the sun is out, very spending more than a second at each flower. Don’t often see them land, but on a cople of occasions yesterday, I saw one land on the plant, clasp the stem in it’s powerful jaws and then groom itself with all legs, often taking it’s whole body weight just on that bite strength.

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Yellow Meadow Ant nest, a set on Flickr.

Inadvertently uncovered a Yellow Meadow Ant nest while doing some work in my sister’s garden. Obviously had to down tools and document the next 15 minutes of frenzied activity, as the ants worked hard to move the now exposed egss, larva and cocoons. Incredible how efficiently the effort was co-ordinated and shared among the colony. A few disagreements about which direction some of the last few cocoons should go, but generally it followed the pattern of a cocoon being carried to an entrance, manouevred by one or two ants at the opening and then pulled into the tunnel by an ant inside. Fascinating. I still feel bad about making them have to do it though!

Don’t you open that trapdoor… on Flickr.

You’re a fool if you dare! This fearsome predator is the larvae of a Green Tiger Beetle. They dig themselves a small tunnel, and wait for unsuspecting insects to wander too close. THe larvae has a set of spines halway along it’s body, to help iif something puts up a fight, or to anchor it in case something tries to pull it out. Shouldn’t be an issue for them as they can disappear back down the hole extremely swiftly. There were several of these larvae on a small patch of bare ground, and it did look a bit like Whack-a-mole as they took turns to come to the surface and then pull back down again at any slight movement from me. I managed to keep still long enough to get the 5 shots for this stack.

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