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Jun 2018

Chimney Swift - Chaetura pelagica - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chimney Swift

There are Chimney Swifts, Chaetura pelagica, screaming above me here in Virginia: They are such tricky birds to photograph: they fly high; …

American Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

American Robin

There’s an American Robin, Turdus migratorius, in this tree in the garden in Virginia: They are stunning birds. It’s strange to see …

Apheloria virginiensis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Common names

The common, English names of our animals, plants and fungi are fascinating. They are a microcosm of our social history with a …

Fungus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

One minute it’s there…

There’s a fungus at the bottom of the garden: I’d love to identify it but it’s all on its own and I …

Monotropa uniflora - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Indian Pipe

I’m walking through a forest in Virginia. The trees here are magnificent. They are so much taller than I’m used to. In …

White-Tailed Deer - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fawn

There are White Tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, here in the garden in Virginia. We can see them in the shade of the …

Cranefly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

3 and 300

Daddy Longlegs only live for three days. I don’t think they even eat as adults. There are about 300 British species. Here’s …

Leucauge venusta, Orchard Orb-Weaver - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

An Orchard Orb-Weaver

Today is hot and oppressive in Virginia. There’s the constant sound of insects, a noisy hum of the motorway and clinging grey …

Northern Watersnake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The name of the snake

I’m standing in the wild patch at the bottom of a garden in Virginia. Away from the well tended, introduced, garden plants …

Black swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Eastern Black Swallowtail

I’ve recently been to Italy and there we saw a Swallowtail butterfly: Swallowtails They are huge and unmistakable. This week I’m in …

Speckled Wood butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Woodland glade

It was very late last year when I saw a Speckled Wood butterfly: Speckled Wood This year it was May when I …

Harlequin Ladybird - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Harlequin

As a young child there was only one Ladybird to me; the seven spot ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. I remember the excitement of …

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Very Hairy Dragonfly

I saw a Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense, last year, in May: Hairy Dragonfly Today I can see one in front of me: …

Green Dock Beetle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Green Dock Beetle

I’m walking along a stretch of the River Otter in Devon. The sign says there are Beavers here. There’s a green leaf …

Red-and-black Froghopper - Cercopis vulnerata - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Froghopper

I’m walking with my dad along the Hollinwood Branch Canal Local Nature Reserve: The Hollinwood Branch Canal was last used as a …

Southern Comma - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Southern Comma

There’s a butterfly in front of me and I know what it is: it’s a Comma. I’ve seen it before, slurping on …

Black Kite - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Kite, Red Kite, Buzzard

We’re driving along the road in the south of Italy on the border between Puglia and Basilicata when we see a bird …

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ducks in filth

Having ten children is hard. Ask my mum; she was one of ten. It’s a constant struggle to keep them all fed …

Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Surrounded by Giant Fennel

We are out in the nature reserve which occupies the opposite side of the gorge on which the ancient city of Matera …