Found this female Anthophora plumipes today, stalled on the pavement as a blistering wind whipped up the dusty remains of the frosty snow which fell on Saturday. Even with her thick hairy coat she was barely moving. Nothing is flying out there so I was a bit surprised to see her, presumably trying to forage. The thermometer has been below zero for several days now, and although the ground is no longer white, there is a pale remnant tucked down in the long grass.
CURIOUS? WHY CURIOUS?When 17th century apothecary and naturalist James Petiver published a picture of what, for 200 years, would be Britain's most enigmatic butterfly, Albin's Hampstead Eye, he reported: "Where it was caught by this curious person". His implication was that Eleazar Albin was not just strange, not just odd, but was fuelled by curiosity.
Ongoing projects:These are some of the books and other projects going on at the moment......
Ants – the ultimate social insects. British Wildlife Collection
A way with worms
Beetles — in the Collins New Naturalist series
Call of nature: the secret life of dung
House guests, house pests
How to be a curious entomologist
BBC Wildlife Magazine