Sunday, July 14, 2019

14/07/2019 Wow what a weekend of sport, but I managed a quick walk out early before it go too hot.

Maximum temperature today 27C, minimum 16C.  Dry. 18km/h North-easterly winds with gusts up to 43 km/h.  Still, no sign of rain in the forecast for the next week so lots of watering!!

My first photo was of the neighbour's gladiola.

A little further on I saw this flower that I have been unable to ID.  I found an identical flower on the internet that said it was an orchid but nothing further,  I am not convinced though that it is even an orchid!

Common chicory, (Cichorium intybus)

Blackberries forming.

I think this is a Marbled white (Melanargia galathea) but it was still for barely a second for this photo.

Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina).

I think this is a cranesbill from the geranium family...

as above,

Saint John's-wort.

Cattle keeping an eye on me....

as is this youngster number 88...

and I guess dad is also being watchful as well.


Making hay while the sun shines...

and obviously, it is coffee time.

Sunflowers in abundance...

and the bees seem to be enjoying them.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

09/07/19 Just around the garden. Plus one photo out on the road.

Maximum temperature today 28C, minimum 17C.  Dry.  21km/h North-easterly winds with gusts up to 47 km/h.  No sign of rain in the forecast for the next week so lots of watering!!

We saw this stunning sight while out on the road.

Back home bumblebee on the sage.

Crane-fly on the Californian poppies.

Bubblebee on the cotoneaster.

Bee on the cotoneaster.

Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) on the lavender.

Hopper on a Calendula.

European Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis).

Bombylius species on the lavender.

Gendarme beetle or firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus).

Web spinning garden spider, possibly a Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus).



The flower of the succulent Echeveria, not that pretty but interesting.


Hazel nuts.

and last but not least another wall lizard. (Podarcis muralis).

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

07/07/2019 More bugs from our last holiday

Maximum temperature today 30C, minimum 17C.  Dry.  10km/h North-easterly winds with gusts up to 25 km/h.  

Still many unknowns, ID is not easy !!!

Fritillary Butterfly but not sure which one....

As above...

As above.

Beetle, possibly one of the longhorns.


White tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris / lucorum).

Provençal fritillary (Melitaea deione)...

As above...

As above...

Pearly heath (Coenonympha arcania)...

As above.

Provençal fritillary (Melitaea deione)...

As above...

As above...

One of the Fritillaries, not sure which, on a buttercup.


As above.

Moth, I think one of the Geometer moths...

As above...

As above.

Shield bug (Graphosoma italicum).

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