I need to wedge this post in here, because otherwise I’ll never get round to posting these images.
With the rise in temperature, it’s no real surprise that the insects have arrived… What’s perhaps more surprising is that I’ve actually seen Butterflies.
OK, so not surprising for many of you. But generally I don’t have any at all until later in the year. But this year I’ve already had Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells. Just wish I’d see some Orange-tips too (and that they’d allow me to photograph them, if I did).
The Peacocks are still too flighty to allow me to get close shots of them…
Today at my parent’s I also saw this Comma:
Another Peacock and a Brimstone. I always see Brimstones there early in the year, but I’ve never once managed a photo. To the left of their house is a large, old Limestone wall, which is covered in dense Ivy, and of course the Brimstones love that as they always seem to fly around it. However, looking on the net there’s no mention of Ivy as their food source, however I do have many of their food source plants! Typical. For example I have: Thistles, Bugle, Bluebell, Dandelion, Devil’s bit Scabious, Knapweed, Primrose, Ragged Robin, Red Campion, and Selfheal. Of course, this must mean I do not have of its larval food source nearby: Alder Buckthorn and Buckthorn. This I find hard to believe as I am close to an overgrown woodland which must have some of them!
Today I found a rather large Queen Bumble in the kitchen, I think it might’ve been in there for a while. Its wings and body were covered in dust and muck… Seriously, where did it get so dirty?? The kitchen was only completely hovered and cleaned last weekend as our fridge freezer died and we had to pull it out and get another… Anyway… so yes. I took her outside, and left her on some muscari and in the end had to help her get to the blooms before she was strong enough to manage on her own.
When I was trying to help Mrs Bumble, a much smaller Bee repeatedly buzzed around, without ever stopping still for any nice photos… After a little while I noticed it go into a hole, this isn’t unusual behaviour and I often see them casing any holes and cracks in the back of the house as it’s south-facing and of course the solitary Bees need somewhere to make their little nests/hives.
As I’d got my macro lens on, I had a quick peek and sure enough…
Hoverflies are out too, and this year Drone Flies were the first insects I saw.
In all I’ve managed to get some work done in the garden, including giving in to buying some more plants – wildflowers I might add! I know I intend to move, but it’ll be a while yet before the house is ready i.e. painted, new kitchen and lots of tidying. So it might not be until next year now that I put the house on the market… we’ll see. Anyway, yes wildflowers were purchased, some planted, others awaiting a decision on where I can put them (whoops), Buddleja floored and chopped into small chunks to go in the bin, Foxglove seedlings planted in the Cherry border, F-M-Ns stolen from my parents and planted. I was on the verge of cutting the lawn but realised I need to empty the compost bin before I do, so I’ll wait until next weekend.
It must really be spring; as the lawn mower chorus filled my ears as I worked.
All this work done after I’ve managed to hurt my left foot – a piece of wood fell on it; the bruises are getting more impressive each day.