What is Patton's Tiger?

I have been immersed in natural history since I was 18 and started work at the (then) Wildfowl Trust at Arundel. I met, worked and lived with some brilliant naturalists and a lifetime's obsession was born.
Birding was followed by mothing and the height of 'achievement' was obtained when a moth was given the above vernacular name in recognition of the fact that I trapped the first British record.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Brushed the cobwebs off the moth trap last night..............
Buff Tip


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

I spent some time looking around Witley Common today. Whilst crouched down looking for invertebrates, this beetle flew in and landed beside me.
Rhagium bifasciatum

Monday, 21 May 2012

Some dodgy looking characters have been hanging around my Osmia rufa nestboxes.......... This tiny fly is Cacoxenus indagator. They lay their eggs in the pollen left in the cell by the bee.
Cacoxenus indagator

Osmia rufa

Sunday, 20 May 2012

OK, so it's been over a year since I blogged................
Why the new interest? Well, the first Pan Species Listers' weekend is almost upon us and I have been looking at the blogs of my fellow listers.

Yesterday I went to Coates Common to see the Field Crickets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ohIWEShJiY

I am struggling with a 'new' camera. For many years I took great (for me!) macro photos with a Canon Sureshot  S5. I scratched the lens and, eventually, got round to buying another. As yet, I have not managed a macro shot which is in focus.............