|Gathering pears - we have two more trees |
but there are not many on them.
|Looking for Wasp Spiders at home with a helper. |
We didn't find any here.
|The bit of lawn that was brownest is greening up nicely, |
although half of that green is weeds!
Some bits have had to be mown already.
|A fat fungi I've never seen before - |
the stalk is more than an inch in diameter.
|About four feet away this little one came up, |
which after three days is now looking like the one above.
Any ideas anyone?
|This is a nymph of the Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma lineatum), |
the red and black stripey bug.
|Back to those bug eggs again - this is the best I could do. |
They do look like tiny bugs emerging, but as the eggs are 1mm wide,
I really can't do any better than this.
|On the M. W. Walk, we came across this beautiful dragonfly. |
It's a Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) and probably a young male,
as the mature males tend to have a blue/brown abdomen.
|I had to take a few photos as I've never seen this dragonfly before so here it is again.....|
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
|At home the Western Willow Spreadwings (Lestes viridis, or Chalcolestes viridis) have appeared.|
They are always happy to perch on vegetation near the pond.
|Western Willow Spreadwing (Lestes viridis, or Chalcolestes viridis).|
|Another Harvestman, quite different from the one I showed last post. |
I've never delved into Harvestman identification so I'm hoping JJ might know! :-)
|Sawfly larvae on a small Alder tree by the pond. |
This one in the foreground has just had a moult, and you can see the
discarded skin under the first three true legs on the twig.
Its head will darken up like the other one after a few hours.
On the same tree I found this tussock moth larva. It looks very like a Vapourer Moth (Orgyia antiqua) but the tail end is a bit different and not the normal dark colour. However I can't find any other European tussock moth whose caterpillar looks remotely like this, so maybe it isn't a final instar one??
|Vapourer Moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar - I think!|
|Vapourer moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar - I think!|
|This moth was on a stinging nettle by the orchard - |
it doesn't have a common name, only Latin, Carcina quercana.
|Butterflies gorging on rotting plums - Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma and in the pic bottom left,|
there are two Commas and a Red Admiral. I'm too lazy to add Latin names but you
European peeps know these butterflies well!
I'm adding a final photo but I'll keep it hidden from those who don't like spiders so you will have to click to see it. I had been doing a bit of gardening and whilst wandering around, felt something tickling my shoulder. I put my hand inside my T-shirt and felt something furry! Eeeks! I freaked thinking it might be a wasp or a bee, as I react badly to wasp stings and don't fancy being stung by anything, particularly right now; lord knows what would happen with my buggered immune system. So I hurriedly stripped off down to bra in the garden (not overlooked thank goodness!), turned my T-shirt inside out, and was hugely relieved to find it was 'only' a large Cross Orb Weaver! Phew. :-) Pic here.
After a lovely few days it looks like cooler wet weather is coming back again but at least I got out away from the house twice this week, and I'm meeting up with friends for lunch next week and desperately need to get a hair cut too (preferably before seeing friends...). So many things to do whilst I've got a bit of energy. Still not heard from the hospital as to when my last chemo will be, but quite frankly right now I don't care!