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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 …

Four-Spotted Chaser - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Four-Spotted Chasers

There are dozens of Four-Spotted Chasers over the ponds here: They are such entertaining dragonflies: I’ve seen them before, here at RSPB …

Reed Beetle - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Reed Beetle on the reeds

Habitat. It’s the key to the survival of our planet. One species isn’t enough: everything depends upon everything else in a complex …

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

It’s Not Cricket

There’s a green cricket at my feet. I’d like to get a photograph of it. I crouch down and get my pocket …

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

Cockchafer

Apparently this is a Cockchafer. I’ll take whoever named its word for it. I’m not about to try it and see for …

Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Painted Lady

There’s a profusion of beautiful wild pink Valerian growing here in the south of Italy. It reminds me of being back in …

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

Dove Stone Dove

There’s a white Dove at Dove Stone Reservoir: I’m slightly freaked out by the size of its eyes compared with the size …

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

Italian Wall Lizards

There are Ruin Lizards everywhere here in the south of Italy: They know no difference between the natural rocks and the ruined …

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

Sturnus vulgaris

Sturnus vulgaris is the scientific name of the Common Starling. Its literal meaning is ‘Starling Common’. They are certainly common in my …

Poppies - Southern Italy - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Poppies

We drive in the heat on empty Italian roads through Apulia and Basilicata. We stop at one of the many abandoned farmhouses. …

Southern Skimmer Dragonfly - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph David Bailey (not the)

Southern Skimmer

There’s a female Southern Skimmer, Orthetrum brunneum, flying around us. It’s not a UK species; we’re in Italy. The males are a …

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

The meaning of Sickle

The word falco, from falcon, means sickle. We’re watching Lesser Kestrels hunting in the fields outside Matera. It’s a breathtaking spot: Across …

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

Knapweed Fritillaries

I’m in a field in the south of Italy. A butterfly has settled in front of me: I know it’s a fritillary. …

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

Bewitched

We’re exploring the scrub and woodland verges and fields of an abandoned farmhouse in Apulia in the south of Italy. We shouldn’t …

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

Swallowtails

It’s unmistakable: a Swallowtail Butterfly: It’s taken us ages to get this close. It’s hot and the butterfly is very active. Here …