This, it appears, will have to count as my first hoverfly of the year. It’s a drone fly, Eristalis tenax, fished out of the salt-filled outer compartment of the built-in water softener attached to washing machine and dishwasher in our holiday house in Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight. Now how did that get in there?
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......
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