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Leaf Cutting Bee nests

By Brian Cave - Monday, October 19, 2015

     My daughter was cleaning out the polytunnel before winter comes upon us. She uses the polytunnel for growing on seedlings for the small flower business which she runs. Beneath… Read more…

Ants with yellow spots

By Brian Cave - Sunday, June 14, 2015

  The  ants fall from the walnut tree onto the table below.  They are all so small that you cannot make out any detailed structure.  Under the binocular microscope that… Read more…

Some thoughts on caterpillars

By Brian Cave - Monday, April 27, 2015

     This caterpillar was photographed on April 26th chewing happily on a leaf of the common plantain (Plantago lanceolata), growing in a pasture  in South Central France.   It is… Read more…

Bye Bye Garden Geraniums?

By Brian Cave - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

       This  butterfly discovered by my daughter on one of her Geraniums (Perlagoniums) was unknown to her or myself.          At first we mistook it for a long tailed blue…. Read more…

Paralysed crickets

By Brian Cave - Monday, October 20, 2014

  In this  drainage groove of a bedroom window, crafted to take away rain water which may have run down the window pane, are fifty seven bodies of  crickets.  None… Read more…

Th Dock Bug Coreus marginatus

By Brian Cave - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Dock Bug is common enough.  It is far from spectacular.  In the photo below it  is sitting on some deer dung.  Whether it gains any nutriment from that I… Read more…

Large Tortoiseshell in December

By Brian Cave - Monday, December 16, 2013

         Extraordinary -  Fluttering on the bathroom window  on the fifteenth of December  2013.  It must have awakened from hibernation.  Where had it been hiding?   The bathroom is always… Read more…

Sex in Ground Beetles

By Brian Cave - Sunday, November 24, 2013

As some might know I have been studying the activity of ground beetles throughout the year.  ‘Pitfall’ traps are examined nearly every day and the trapped beetles counted, marked with… Read more…

Orchid eaten by caterpillar

By Brian Cave - Sunday, May 5, 2013

  The tongue orchid produces no nectar.   Yet in the tubular hollow formed by the petals one can  find from time to time insects of various kinds.  Tiny beetles can… Read more…

The Annual activity of four Ground Beetles in a French woodland (SW France -Lot…46) .

By Brian Cave - Monday, January 7, 2013

This  is an account of a study made during the year 1999.  It seems worthwhile to publish it.  The four graphs (look a little further down) represent the activity during… Read more…

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With a life's experience of teaching field studies in the Forest of Dean, Brian Cave explores the ecology of rural France. More Info

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