Guest posts for the Mark Avery “Standing Up For Nature” blog. Follow the dated links within this post to read each piece.

Stag beetles

A phone call from my local Wildlife Trust turns into something more than just a call-out to see stag beetles. First published 27 June 2020

Wool-carder bee

After months of reading about the Wool-carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum), learning what it looked like, the habitat it preferred and the female’s habit of collecting hairs from leaves to line her nest, I was still bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t seen one. My friend was getting frustrated. First published 2 June 2020

A chance encounter with a weevil

Did you know that some female weevils can lay fertile eggs without needing a male? Or that when threatened some feign death by rolling onto their back? I certainly didn’t until a chance encounter sent me on a voyage of weevil discovery. First published 20 May 2020