Visit of a Praying Mantis

This morning I “rescued” a praying mantis caught in a spider web in a corner of my garden shed. This is the season when these insects seek refuge indoors. Relatively rare north of the Loire, this is only the third specimen I have seen here in 20 years! So I carefully placed it on one…

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Asian hornet visiting the garden

Hi all bug lovers! Just spotted this lovely (?) specimen of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina)  in my garden this morning. Actually there were 3 individuals altogether, sitting either on a chrysanthemum plant or on the foliage of my choisya. On the choisya they were licking the honeydew on the leaves.

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Some insects in Papi Joe’s Garden…

There are less and less interesting insects about, so it’s kind of re-assuring to spot them in the garden. They are not all as nice-looking or friendly to the plants, but here there are… Click on the thumbnails to view the larger images.

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