|Although it could be Dad, as both parents care for the young.|
One day I heard some interesting squeaky noises in my woodland and followed two birds from conifer to conifer, not quite being sure what I was seeing, but hoping they might be Goldcrests or Firecrests, when one suddenly stopped for a moment out in the sunshine!
|Newly fledged Goldcrest still with the wide mouth look.|
Going back to late May, I found this cute bee which looked like it was sleeping or resting on a Sweet William flower. However the next day it was dead (2nd photo), so it had actually been dying. I know that's normal, but it seems sad to witness it.
|It was nice spot for its final resting place.|
|This was identified for me as a Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes). |
I hadn't recognised it because its foot isn't hairy any more,
but it still has some long hairs on the middle leg.
And then there was this cute small bee measuring about 10-11mm which I saved from drowning in a watering can. It was sopping and had a good walk over my hands before I put it on my jeans, where it stayed whilst I came indoors, took a photo with my other camera, then pottered about doing things. And then it went and died on my jeans! :-(
|Gorgeous bee with beautiful eyes, the ID is Osmia sp. but could be one of several species. |
A facebook insect group I use is very handy for asking for ID.
|Here is the Osmia sp. bee on my jeans.|
And now some fluttery things....
|Found this on the handle of my watering can - |
I think it's a Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) moth.
|Hummingbird Hawkmoths (Macroglossum stellatarum) have been around for a while now.|
|But I never see them resting! Blow me down - this one was just sitting on my new filter bed!|
|I tried.... the photo op was too good to resist, but it flew off a nano second after this shot!|
|A Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) in amongst white Valerian.|
|This is a handsome Longhorn Beetle (Agapantha sp.) found on Phacelia.|
And now I'll leave you with some floral photos I took, most taken back in May which I never got round to posting!
|Aquilegia, one of the few Nora Barlows that I grew from seed which actually came to anything.|
|Another kind of Iris which I've forgotten what it is!|
|Just an excuse to bung in a Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) butterfly, |
because it was posing on one of my Weigelas
which I grew from a cutting from a friend's garden.
|Honeysuckle looking good.|
|Honeysuckle after rain. Forgotten what rain is now!|
|Clematis 'The President' on one side of the arch.|
|And the thornless rose 'Zephirine Drouhin' which is heavily scented on the other side.|
|And both together. The clematis has gone over now but the rose |
is a repeat flowering one so still covered in flowers.
|Scented yellow Day Lily whose name I've completely forgotten! I blame the heat.|
|A view of the veggie patch with lots of flowers around it - there are lots of flowers in it too.|
I'll do a veg patch update at the end of the month.
|Sweet Williams, although this clump have gone sad |
and droopy now because it's so dry!
Next update will be back to Swallowtails again as I have more to share.... but finding time to sort through photos and blog is tough right now as there's a lot to do outside! Right, off out to do the watering. :-)