Close-up Dorset – insects
Tristan Bantock takes us up close and personal with photographs of a tiny fraction of Dorset's vast array of insects
Published in October ’13
Mention ‘bugs’ to many people, and they may react physically with the immediate appearance of an involuntary and idiopathic itch followed by a self-comforting scratch.
As with insects generally, Dorset’s invertebrates vastly outnumber all other animal life, but whilst we are all aware of bees (although probably only a fraction of them), wasps, house-flies, dragonflies and butterflies, these are but a tiny slice of the insect life which clears up after us, provides food for birds and generally gets on with its life without the general public being even aware of its existence.
Insects are not only prey species, though, many are expert hunters in their own right and when viewed close-to, the evidence of how well they are equipped to catch and kill their prey becomes clear.
Some insects are, in effect, solar powered – after soaking up the warming rays of the sun, they are able to carry on about their business with the addditional energy. Dorset’s coastline is a particularly good place for these to live.
For all their scary features, few insects bother humans directly so, as Nick Ross would say on Crimewatch: ‘Don’t have nightmares’.