The first two are the Speckled Wood butterfly, which as its name suggests is to be found flitting about and sunning itself in sunny clearings in my little woodland. I'm not seeing that many other butterflies at the moment which is a bit sad.
|Speckled Wood showing underside of wing|
|Speckled Wood with wings open, sunning itself amongst the brambles and bracken|
|Ladybird on a broad bean plant|
|Absolutely no idea, but this little guy was tiny, about 2mm long|
and sheer fluke that I managed to focus on it at all! On the edge of
a Zantedeschia (Arum Lily) flower.
|This is a Bee Fly, possibly Bombylius major, which was identified for me on G+. |
I'd never even heard of bee flies before! It has long legs and a very long proboscis which you
can't see here as it's up inside a catmint flower.
|A fly of some sort posing nicely on a bracken frond|
|Another unknown fly on Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides)|
|Flies are an even more complicated family than bees, as there are many which resemble|
other insects such as wasps and bees. This isn't a bee although it looks like one.
But is it a hoverfly? It's all very confusing!
|Now this is a Hoverfly!|
|This I cannot tell as I can't see the antennae. But bee or fly, it is very pretty and|
was taken on a rose in the rose garden at the Parc du Thabor, Rennes.
I also have some public photos on a Picasaweb album of ladybirds, ladybird eggs, ants and aphids in my broad bean patch. You can view the photos here.
I took them about 5 days ago and the good news is that after checking yesterday there are hardly any aphids left - just a few left on the underside of some of the top leaves. I could only see one ladybird and far fewer ants. If you read my veg patch update from a few posts back I mentioned that I had put down strawberry jam on some saucers in amongst the plants in an effort to entice the ants away from the aphids, so that the ladybirds and other predators could move in for the kill. I also observed a lacewing on the plants a few days ago - another aphid muncher. I can't be sure that the jam did the trick or not as although there was some ant interest in the jam it may be that the ladybirds just managed to get in anyway. Who knows but it's a good way to use up old strawberry jam as I have a whole new 2012 batch in progress right now...... :-)
And now as I type this up it's absolutely tipping down outside which is great for the garden but less so for the peonies and roses which are looking stunning at the moment. However so long as it keeps my stream running into the pond I will not complain! If you ever saw the pics of how low the pond can get once the stream stops flowing you'll understand why this is very important to me! Pics of it from December here - you may need to click on them as I didn't post them large size - it was right when I first started using Blogger and didn't really know what I was doing.