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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lots of egg laying in the pond today: Emperor Dragonfly and a frenzy of Azure Blue Damselflies, plus other insects in my wildlife friendly garden.

Azure Blue damselflies in tandem egg laying.
 At least three Meadow Brown butterflies.
 Field grasshopper
 As I was pulling convolvulus from my raspberry canes, a White Plume Moth, Pterophorus pentadactyla flew out.  Convolvulous is its food plant.
 It posed obligingly for photo's

Emperor dragonfly, blue form female, Anax imperator
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worker and queen
 Buff-tailed bumblebee workers were buzy in and out of their nest by my front door.  And several queens were observed this morning and afternoon.

And to think that garden centers sell chemicals to kill such useful insects.  Why?

Monday, 19 June 2017

Thursley National Nature Reserve: White-legged Damselfly, Redstart, wasps, Silver-studded Blue butterflies, and more

White-legged Damselfly


Silver-studded Blue butterflies
Six Silver-studded Blue butterflies were seen yesterday at this nature reserve.
Plus many other delights below.
Common Heath moth, male, Ematurga atomaria

Ammophila sp. sand wasp

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Shelduck family takes to the water on the Cuckmere river estuary, East Sussex, UK last Sunday, 11 June 2017

 What a fine brood this pair of Shelducks have raised.  And what a joy to see them on the river.

 Canada geese showed an interest but caused the ducklings no harm.

Other birds included lots of Goldfinches, Little Egrets, Long-tailed tit and Linnets on the dew pond at High and Over and a Mute Swan family.

All being watched by the white horse on High and Over Down.
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