Wednesday, May 05, 2010

For nature lovers...

Ok I'll warn you now...if you don't like bugs or are at all squeamish then look away now...go on to the next blog..nothing to see here!
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If you are still reading, then I'd like to share the wonders of the things we discovered in the garden this weekend.  My DH happened to notice a number of large wasps using our garage as a freeway and he went to investigate.  They were making a "bee" line for a cardboard box that was storing the patio umbrella.  As we hoped the weather would merit the patio umbrella he removed it from the garage and found the beginnings of a wasp hive.  (Incidentally, the British weather did not cooperate..and the umbrella remained unused) 

Just look at those perfect hexagons!  And the carefully placed eggs in each of the cells and the papery consistency of the hive.  Isn't it remarkable that nature has such beauty.



From the side it looked almost spun like a paper flower with the ends twisted together in tight.



Not long after this discovery, DD2 asked for some assistance to remove a strange looking bug who was trespassing across her chalked hop-scotch game.  Using a lid (you didn't think I'd handle it did you?) I moved him (or her) over to the compost bin.  Although it isn't nearly as beautiful as a ladybird, I was quite fascinated by the pattern on its back...and even more pleased that my Fuji could capture it.  Interestingly enough if you google brown bug UK you not only find these shield bugs, but several pictures of Gordon Brown...hmm I wonder why that is? :o)  Apparently this is a common green shieldbug palomen prasina and this is its winter colouring.  I'm not surprised it is not dressed for summer...it certainly still feels like winter!!!



Until next time...

15 comments:

JuliaB said...

WOW!! If I could write that bigger I would .. You are sooo talented! I am so jealous!! LoL! Love your pics Jane as usual. I am going on a photography course next month but it's not technical knowledge that makes good pics, its the person taking them. These pics are FAB! Even if they are wasp related (urgk). xxxx

Lizzie said...

Awesome photo's Jane, bugs are just the best for close ups, especially the dopey ones that don't move!!
Lizzie
xxx

Rafael's Mum said...

Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing those. What an intricate patterns and so beautifully made. You are very clever capturing that so perfectly.

Needled Mom said...

Amazing photos!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jane! Those are AWESOME photos! I LOVE the ones of the wasp nest. We see wasp nests all the time around here, but I don't know that I've noticed them with eggs in them. And thanks for the up-front warning! ;-)

Tammy said...

Hi Jane,
I have never seen a shield bug before. How very interesting. Your photos are fabulous. I like the wasp cones too. Hope the weather turns to summer soon.

Fiona said...

Great photos of the wasp nest - aren't those pesky wasps clever?

Shirley said...

Loved the comment on Gordon Brown. Can't for the life of me think why they have referred to him in such a manner!!!! Fab photo's.
Shirley.

*karendianne. said...

I almost left because I am easily creeped out but this was actually REALLY NEAT! Glad I was here to see you neat garden discoveries. Seeing the common green shieldbug palomen prasina was an uncommon experience for me!

Chookyblue...... said...

nature is amazing......love your photos......

Lina said...

Maginificent photos as always. I'm a bug lover personally...

Kitty said...

Great shots - as ever. I have a shot of a shield bug in the camera at the moment - they buzz extraordinarily loud. Apparently they eat crops like peas and beans. x

Tanya said...

Beautiful pictures. Even for bugs! That last one looks like the stink bugs we have here in Japan... Did it stink?

Cathi said...

Your photos are spectacular!! While the wasp nest is interesting, it made me cringe!

Leanne said...

Ha Ha Gordon Brown the bug isn't Google amazing, much like your photos. Great captures. I'm surprised you weren't attacked by the wasps.