Garden wildlife, East Sussex

Finding wildlife to photograph can often be tricky to say the least, so recently I’ve taken to a bit of macro photography in the garden.  Its something that I do mostly on diving trips but should do more of at home, even though it can be an absolute nightmare trying to identify different species!

1st up is 1 of at least 3 slow worms in my garden, they are totally harmless lizards, not snakes, and if you’re wondering “Do slow worms bite?” then the answer is no 🙂  These guys live in and around our compost bins and luckily the area is full of slugs which the slow worms eat.

Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) East Sussex garden, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) East Sussex garden, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk

2nd we have a Thick legged flower beetle.  Look at the size of those legs!!!!  Oedemera nobilis is fairly obviously characterised by those big chunky thighs which also shows it as a male, females are much more dainty 🙂

Thick-Legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) East Sussex garden, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Thick-Legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) East Sussex garden, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk

3rd up is the Woundwort Shieldbug, if you’re looking for shield bug identification then all I can tell you is this fella used to be known as Eysarcoris fabricii (in my book anyway) and is now classified as Eysarcoris venustissimus

Woundwort shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus) East Sussex garden, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Woundwort shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus) East Sussex garden, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk

 

ARACHNID ALERT!

 

Last, and number 4 is the Wolf Spider, sounds scary as hell right? we found this British wolf spider trundling around the garden carrying her egg sack around with her, I checked for several days afterwards but never did see her again 🙁

Wolf spider (Trochosa terricola) with egg sack, garden, East Sussex, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Wolf spider (Trochosa terricola) with egg sack, garden, East Sussex, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk

 

So there you go, a bit of East Sussex garden wildlife photography for your Sunday viewing.

 

 

Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata)

Sometimes I get dragged off the sofa for the daftest reasons.  Do the dishes, cook my dinner, make me coffee, all that kind of crap 😉  Today however was worth it for this Magpie moth, Latin name Abraxas grossulariata.  Very cool little thing that was hanging around the garden and it was nice to be able to put the macro lens to use again.  Who said moths were boring? look at the markings on this thing!

Magpie Moth(Abraxas grossulariata) East Sussex, England, UK
Magpie Moth(Abraxas grossulariata) East Sussex, England, UK

Siladen trip report

This is the 1st time I’ve been back diving in Bunaken marine park for quite a while, having been mostly muck diving recently. Siladen is one of a group of islands that make up the park, others include Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehague and Nain.

We’re staying in Siladen Resort and Spa and the temptation is to eat way too much, I’m even eating cake! (if you know me you’ll understand) Usual Indonesian hospitality, not to mention Portugese 🙂 Nothing is too much trouble and if I don’t get fat from the cake I’ll be waterlogged from the iced tea & coffee 🙂

I 1st dived Bunaken around 1994 I think and there were always loads of sharks & turtles, good to see they’re still here, I’ve seen blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, loads of little stuff too, usual doses of nudis, orangutan crabs, pygmy seahorses, baby narwhals and the odd mermaid or 2* (maybe not)

Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Porcelain crab, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Porcelain crab, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Hawksbill turtle, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Hawksbill turtle, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
White tip reef sharks, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
White tip reef sharks, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk