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