Yesterday was really windy in the morning with gusts which must have been reaching near gale force at times and much of it blowing in the back door. To help keep most of the winged wild life out I have a sliding mesh door so I can leave the back door open. There is a hole in the bottom of the mesh so Bobby can come and go as he pleases. There used to be a dog flap for previous dogs but Bobby is a little on the tall size and hated it.
Occasionally low flying insects manage to get in and that is what must have happened to this Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly I heard flapping around the conservatory.
Against my better judgement I opened both the double doors to the conservatory in the hope it would find its way out but the stubborn insect just settled on the roof beam. I keep a large clean empty coffee jar for such occasions so I can catch them safely and put them back outside. As I walked through to the kitchen I was greeted by a furious fluttering of something a bit larger crashing against the window. Now as some of you will know the reason I keep flying beasties outside is I get an instant panic reaction when they are in the same room as me. I instantly went cold all over - a reaction which seems to date back about sixty years.
What was it trying to drill a hole through the double glazing?
A Southern Hawker Dragonfly which must have been blown through the open doors and flown past me in to the kitchen.
I watched from a distance while I tried to work out how to get the thing out. I know I had been moaning about the lack of Dragonflies here but this was ridiculous. Eventually I plucked up courage to open a window near it but would it fly past the vertical bar separating the fixed window from the open one? Nope! Anyway the wind was blowing in that window.
While I pondered the situation I took a few photos. Looking at the barbs on its legs I can see how they manage to cling on to nearly anything.
Eventually it settled as far away from the open window as it could get.
How to move it safely? The coffee jar was too small. Looking round I spied a large polythene tub I keep my clothes pegs in, emptied it and gently placed it over the dragon. Then I slid it slowly sideways and past the upright. When we reached the open window I tipped it out and off it flew. Phew! Mission accomplished. Next the coffee jar and the butterfly - did that, closed the double doors and gave a sigh of relief. A cup of coffee next and a cheese scone as it was lunch time.
On the Hedgehog front I only saw Honey yesterday. She arrived just after 10 and was still about when I went to bed. That is not to say there were no others around, I just didn't see any at the times I checked the monitor.
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