We decided to take part in the Garden BioBlitz this weekend and so, on Sunday afternoon with camera in hand, we took a two hour jaunt around the garden to see what we could see. Aside from all the usual birds that chomp away on the feeders, we spotted quite a few other garden visitors; most are welcome but a couple perhaps not so much if you are trying to grow vegetables! Here are a few of the sightings… hope I have the Latin names right!
Not a great shot but taken in the doorway one evening at the beginning of August. This is a Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) which, whilst not rare, is not often seen as it has such a short season and, like many moths, is more active at night.
This squirrel deserves all the bird seed she can eat in my opinion – she’s still there now, hanging precariously by her back toes. It’s rather like someone having one foot on the riverbank and the other foot on a boat that is drifting away – if it were me, I’d have fallen in long ago.
I spotted this beauty on an olive tree in my garden one late summer. I have never seen the adult moth but it looks stunning in pictures.
Nothing exotic ever visited our pond, although at the time it was only a couple of years old and still establishing itself. I had noticed a couple of dragonfly larvae crawling about in the mud when I was clearing algae; I was almost tempted to hoik them out in case they ate the newt tadpoles. Anyway, I’m glad I left well alone because, early one May morning, I found this beauty drying her wings.