Last Monday was the first time for many a day since I set up the Sun umbrella and the folding canvas chair and sat out in the garden for a few hours with the camera in my lap.
There are just two plants which are attracting dozens of insects. One is a line of four lavender bushes in the front garden. These have been attracting a continuous stream of scores of bumble bees and dozens of butterflies. The butterfly population is mainly Large Whites along with a few smaller white varieties. I pity any neighbours growing brassicas with such a large population looking for breeding grounds. I tried for some video of the lavender - not the best but does give an impression of the activity.
Wide view of the Large Whites
Close shot of a Small Tortoiseshell
Close shot of my first view of a Painted Lady
Finally a very world weary, wind battered Red Admiral on a fence. (The only one I have seen so far this year)
The other plant which has attracted bumble bees, butterflies and the occasional day flying moth is growing just over the fence in next door's garden.
I kept seeing white butterflies landing on the lawn - well I say lawn but there is more clover than grass this year! It was the clover which was attracting this one - a Green-veined? which was laying its eggs under the clover leaves.
It has been very windy from time to time and many of the butterflies were looking the worse for wear. This is the Red Admiral from the video. It sat on the fence for a while soaking up the sun. I can't remember how long it is since I have seen one of these in the garden.
There are still plenty of Hoverflies about and the lily flower shown a few days ago is still attracting many. They investigate everything including the seed feeders.
... and various other plants
... including this onion flower head which also sheltered a crop of tiny black beetles.
Bobby had taken up one of his favourite positions in the entrance to the shed where he could find a bit of shade and still keep an eye on me.
Not many birds came to visit the feeders as I was fairly close to them. Those that did kept a watchful eye on me.
One young Sparrow arrived with parent and continually fluttered its wings to remind the adult it was feeding time.
A couple of House Sparrows peered down to see if it was their turn for the seed feeder....
... and a Starling showed off his new coat of many colours.
The adult Starlings have little trouble balancing on the fat ball feeders but the juveniles find it a problem trying to grip the slippery wires.
Finally a seven spot Ladybird investigating the clover leaves. I wonder if it found the White Butterfly's eggs?
Wow - if you made it to the end, thanks for visiting.
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