Knowing that I'd be going nowhere else I had my camera close at hand to ensure I'd be able to grab a few shots if any opportunity present itself. The stated plan is to try to capture images of 300 species (of animal - not plants!) within my garden in 2013. I am completely at ease with a situation where my id skills fail and that my sighting is no more than an insight into the natural world. A name doesn't aid enjoyment, however, it is always pleasing if an id can be clinched, that is an undeniable truth.
So where is this going? Well, over the weekend, I have taken images of at least 12 species; the majority being solitary bees, which are busily feeding around the garden. A spider, in the moth trap, and several hoverflies have all been "grilled" as part of my 300 species project.
|"Tegenaria sp." - a very big spider in the moth trap. What would be gained by killing it for id purposes?|
|Ashy Mining-bee (Andrena cineraria) - a species previously un-recorded on Thanet. (BWARS website 2013)|
Photographed in the garden today - 28.04.2013
|What possible reason can be given for rejecting one of these two specimens?|
Oh yeah! - One is pinned within a collection, the other was released back from whence it came.
|Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascorum - in the garden today|
Surely I can't be the only person, on this planet, who feels that competition has no role in natural history enjoyment. The simple pleasure to be had from looking is enough for a very simple soul - please let me be part of the "silent majority" and not a freak?