Friday 5 June 2020

Patterns in Nature for 30 Days Wild

There are so many different patterns in nature it's difficult to know where to begin in a blog post so I'm going to stick to just two different types of patterns. Firstly, these patterns found in holly leaves, which are due to the leaves being attacked by a virus

Secondly, the wonderfully varied patterns of hoverflies, which are mimics of other insects. Here are just a few hoverflies with distinctive patterns:

this is a marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus), one of the most common species in the UK

this is a pellucid fly (Volucella pellucens)

and this is a footballer hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)

If you have children who are interested in insects, the Water of Leith Conservation Trust has just added an interesting activity to its website "Observational Drawings of Invertebrates" which you can find out about here.

Patterns in Nature for 30 Days Wild.


Caroline Gill said...

Patterns in nature are a brilliant subject for a post, CGP, and what a terrific drawing resource for children. I am tempted to have a go, with colours...

A Cuban In London said...

Oh, this is such an interesting and didactic post. Loved it. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lowcarb team member said...

Great post, we are blessed to have some wonderful patterns courtesy of nature.

All the best Jan