Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Critters, bless their little hearts (or whatever they have for their circulatory systems) can enchant us or drive us mad!

Carmi challenges us to photograph Critters, large and small, this week.   So here are my take on critters I have found in the UK.

Sorry, I don't know what this one is - it might be a hover fly, or possibly a bee.   This was taken a couple of years ago - this year it is very worrying as there are NO BEES.   Not even a hover fly, and I have deliberately planted bee- and butterfly-friendly flowers.   Where are they all?

We get a lot of squirrels in our garden, after the bird food.   Most of them are very bold and sit on the water butt outside the kitchen window.   This one was doing a runner after I shooed him off!

 A heron on the lake in our Park.    It was very early, and the light made everything green!

A tortoiseshell butterfly on Sedum.   See above on Bees - we have no butterflies either.

Dogs are critters, yes?   this is Max, our greedy cocker spaniel.

A forest bug that made its way indoors, and was very reluctant to make its way out again!


Karen S. said...

I have to laugh st your greedy Max we have a Cocker Spaniel too and greedy is her middle name! Hehehe! I like your critters and the unknown bug is busy! I discovered some unknowns while mowing (they were buzzing in groups on my grape vines) and they weren't any bees I've ever seen! Maybe I can catch a shot of them too!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think your first is a bee. The beeflies try mighty hard to look like bees, but there are some tricks they cannot master. (Like holding their wings that way.)

That last looks to me to be a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. They love to invade homes in the fall and are a huge pest everywhere.

Max Sartin said...

Great set of critters.

Alexia said...

Really nice critter selection, Gilly! I love the green atmosphere in the shot of the heron - he's beautiful! The nasty stink bug isn't, though - although I do like his elegant stance.

Michèle Dextras said...

My Max is not a cocker spaniel but he is as greedy! Those eyes make it really hard to say no. Love the bugs.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You do have them, Gilly.

Take a look at the picture on fifth from the left, in the second row of pics.

Bob Scotney said...

Good to see Max included. Love that heron