Posted by: Ross Gardner | January 14, 2015

Stirred into Life

Okay, so it’s not much, but the fleeting opportunity to encounter a handful of tiny creatures in the middle of January for an insect geek like me is not to be sniffed at!

It was a mild day, for sure, but one with a fresh enough wind to cool things down.  But beside a lake (Rochford Reservoir) in a small Essex town, the abutting scrub and bushes created genuinely warm corners; enough to feel proper warmth, out of the breeze, on the back of the neck.

Some of the small things stirred into life……

The Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).  A common hoverfly, but nevertheless unexpected (although not unheard of) in the middle of winter.  Ross Gardner 2015.

The Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus). A common hoverfly, but nevertheless unexpected (although not unheard of) in the middle of winter. Ross Gardner 2015.

A Muscid Fly (Phaonia tuguriorum) catching some rays.  Ross Gardner 2015.

A Muscid Fly (Phaonia tuguriorum) catching some rays. Ross Gardner 2015.

A battered up old rubbish bin provided an ideal sunbathing spot for this Crab Spider (Xysticus cristatus) and Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).  Ross Gardner 2015.

A battered up old rubbish bin provided an ideal sunbathing spot for this Crab Spider (Xysticus cristatus) and Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata). Ross Gardner 2015.

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