Gasteruption jaculator (and the cucumber spider)

Apart from having one heck of a Latin name, the female of the wasp species Gasteruption jaculator has what must be one of the longest ovipositors relative to it’s size. These guys are often overlooked but relatively regular visitors to the garden. If you happen to have a bee hotel and even luckier to haveContinue reading “Gasteruption jaculator (and the cucumber spider)”

Zygiella x-notata – New Garden Species

Well, it’s a new year and it didn’t take long to confirm our latest new garden species, and we are so glad to see another species of spider. Zygiella x-notata is a very common species and we have likely just overlooked it to date. Viewed up close it really is a fantastic looking animal, whichContinue reading “Zygiella x-notata – New Garden Species”

Introducing the Hoverflies!

Article 14 of our project to record and attract wildlife to a garden in Brislington focuses on one of the most colourful, advantageous (if you’re a gardener) and numerous insects that, whilst perhaps not as appreciated as the average butterfly or bumblebee, are just as interesting and important. In this article we also cover whatContinue reading “Introducing the Hoverflies!”

Hazel Aphid / Leek Moth / Minettia fasciata

As one aim of is to demonstrate the amazing diversity of life that can still be found in our gardens and open spaces, in particular around the Brislington area of Bristol, we will be focusing on the more obscure species just as much as the common things we sometimes take for granted. To thisContinue reading “Hazel Aphid / Leek Moth / Minettia fasciata”