An Early Autumn

Sadly our summer was not up to much this year, with only a couple of warm weeks in early August. However, I did find one beautiful creature which I have never seen before, or since – a tiny species of Soldier Beetle, Malthinus flaveolus.

A stunning little beetle, Malthinus flaveolus.
A stunning little beetle, Malthinus flaveolus.

We have now entered the time of year when wasp numbers are at their highest and spiders are on the move, alarming many people. Bee populations seem to have crashed in the last few weeks, with the temperatures struggling against a chilly north wind, but there have been wasp stings and some spider encounters, including one bite received from a False Widow which was reported to me yesterday, so I made a little video describing how best to treat stings and bites, and I hope it will be found useful:

I’m working on a little video about spiders which I hope will be also useful and am going to have that up on the blog as soon as possible. Please feel free to comment as feedback and ideas are always welcome. If you feel there are shortcomings in what I deal with don’t be afraid to point them out and I’ll try and deal with them or cover them at a later time.

2 thoughts on “An Early Autumn”

  1. Good information! I have had a few yellow jacket stings that have given me grief for months. I guess that would give time to go to town to buy a soft drink but we do not have any in the house. Are there plants in the field that are acidic? We don’t have orange trees in our area. How does one find out what plants are acidic or alkaloid?

  2. Litmus paper would be the best bet, but you could apply some to the stings and see if they get better or worse. Or you could take a spoonful of sugar, hold it in your mouth while your saliva reacts with it and produces acid, and then rub the saliva and sugar on the bite. I’ll have to test that myself, but it should work.

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