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Garden Bioblitz 1st June 2014

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!


Swallow-tailed moth

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.

Swallow-tailed moth.

Squirrel defies gravity!

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.

Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar

Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar (Mimas tiliae)

Full length view of Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar. September 2008

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.

The Mint and Silver Y moths

Two quite pretty moths I saw in the back garden last year. Difficult to photograph well without a macro lens or tripod but at least I saw them clearly 🙂

The Spider and the Fly

Female Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

This spider looks quite stunned by the flash on my camera as I caught her wrapping up this hapless fly in her silken web. Garden spiders are so common that we don’t notice them much. I think they are quite beautiful and I love it in when their webs trap the morning dew and hang like strings of pearls on the bushes.

A dragon in the reeds

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.

Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), May 2009.

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