Orchid Mantis

This is my Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) which is now approximately 4 months old and growing quite nicely. She originates from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and is one of several species known as ‘flower mantises‘ from their resemblance and behaviour. She is currently fairly white in colour but will start to adopt shades…

Spiny Flower Mantis

I’ve recently gained a couple of Mantids, one of which is the Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii). This is only a 3rd instar nymph at the moment so has some growing to do. It measures approximately 10-12mm in body length and will probably grow to 35-40mm when mature. Today was its’ first photo shoot and…

Giant Asian Mantis

I tried my hand at a bit of macro recently but wanted to shoot something a little bit different. So I attended a ‘North Western Wildlife Workshop‘ held at Appleton’s Exotics in Wigan which was facilitated by Roy Rimmer and Mike Hudson. I had asked before I went if there were any Mantis available to…

The Very ‘Common Blue’

A morning at Leighton Moss nature reserve provided a spectacle of Common Blue Damselflies, swarming around the causeways in the warm summer sun. They were present in their thousands, some looking for mates, some paired-up whilst others were seen ovipositing in the ponds and waterways. Photographing these insects is difficult in the sense that they…

Silver Studded Blue

I spent a day in north Shropshire recently photographing the Silver Studded Blue butterfly. The site was at Prees Heath which is managed by the Butterfly Trust and is the northernmost location where this rarity can be found. There are a couple of roosting areas here which need carefully searching out. The day started at…

The Little Fellas

Having been to Shipandami dam previously there was no hesitation in returning once more. Last time we visited there were Ellies blocking the road, hippos cavorting around, crocs acting all sinister and kingfishers galore. So hopes were high. This time all was quiet, we scanned the banks and bush but all to no avail for…