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Thursday 23 May 2019

Holly Blue butterfly female, posing today on Holly

 Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus, female in my Sussex garden on "Silver Queen" holly.

 Isn't she lovely.  click on pics to enlarge them.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Some pic's from a 4.6 miles Mid Sussex Ramblers Nature walk today.

Green-winged orchids

Common-spotted Orchids

View to the windmills on the South Downs

Large Red Damselfly

Azure blue damselfly

Copulation wheel

Common blue 

Small Copper


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Monday 20 May 2019

Friday 10 May 2019

Family of Long-tailed tits in a Sussex garden today

 Several fledglings were flying around in my garden today, occasionally fed by a parent.  What a joy!

Organic control of caterpillars

Shun all pesticides and install bird boxes.  Let nature take care of itself.
See also  The evolution of a formal garden to a nature reserve – how to enjoy a garden more with less effort!

Thursday 2 May 2019

Gardening for insects: some insects in my Sussex garden yesterday.

 Hairy-footed Flower Bee, female above feeding on bugle and cowslips in the lawn.

 Speckled Wood butterfly.
 Male Orange-tip butterfly on its food plant, Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock selectively left to grow in the flower beds.

 Adrena labiata,  Red-girdled Mining Bee on Golden margoram.
 Andrena flavipes, Yellow-legged Mining Bee on Dandylion.
I am indebted to enthusiasts at  UK Bees, Wasps and Ants, for identifying these bees for me.  Very many thanks.

 Small White butterfly feeding on Dandylion and below investigating "Spis bladene" Kale in the flower beds.
There were also lots of parasitic Nomad bees that I didn't photograph.
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