Galls and Gall Wasps

I started getting interested in galls last autumn from sketching them in my nature diary. I didn't really realise they were all incubation chambers for gall wasp larvae, but of course when I read more I got fascinated. I picked the Robins Pincushion shown here and kept it over the winter, just to see if… Continue reading Galls and Gall Wasps


Latest visitor to the flat, getting cosy between some cushions I was about to plonk my arse on. Identification not certain, but probably a Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius), famous as the creator of cuckoo-spit. Judging from the slow-motion breakdancing, they don't encounter cushions much in the wild, as it gave a pretty poor demonstration of… Continue reading Froghopper