Apologies for the long break but just to let you know that I am still in the land of the living. The garden has been very demanding and we are redecorating the house. Our nephew from Australia arrives on the 21st for a few days and it must be finished before he arrives!!! I still have the photos of the apes to finish and these photos only bring me up to mid-May. Download on the computer seems to be getting slower and my frustration is getting worse. I will visit when I can but time is not on my side at the moment.
Monday, June 6, 2022
06/06/2022 Trying to catch up..........
April, out walking, lupins as far as the eye can see.
and rape flowers also everywhere - April.
April - Early-purple_Orchid_(Orchis_Mascula).
Common Wall Lizard, (Podarcis Muralis).
Ending April off with a grey sunset which I quite liked!
The flowers of May appearing - Azalea...
Snowball bush (Viburnum opulus)...
Top: Left - Rose, Centre - toadstool. Right Geranium.
Center: Left - Californian Poppy. Centre - Choisya Ternata. Right - Violas
Bottom: Left - Peony. Centre -Borage. Right - Pansy
Love-in-a-mist, (Nigella damascena)
Peonies (genus Paeonia)
Caterpillar of the Lackey Moth (Malacosoma neustria)...
A few moths appeared in May, hopefully I have the ID correct
Pale Oak Beauty (Hypomecis punctinalis)
Spider Zilla Orbweaver (Zilla diodia)..
Scarlet Lily Beetle (lilioceris lilii).
Brimstone moth (Opisthograptis luteolata).
Butterfly -Pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne)...
White Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda)
A Footman moth (family Erebidae)
Maiden's Blush - (Cyclophora punctaria).
Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda)
A Prominent moth - not sure which one (family Notodontidae).
Iris with a tiny Iris weevil.....
Iris weevil (Mononychus vulpeculus).
Western Whip Snake (Hierophis viridiflavus). This guy shot across about a foot in front of me on the lawn, I saw it for about 5 seconds before it vanished into the pampas grass. I cannot believe how lucky I was that I had the camera in my hand turned on as I had just taken a photo of some peonies. It was all of 1.5 metres long and so close I could not fit it all into the photo. I was so thrilled to see it, and even more so to have caught it in action.
My local list of wildflowers. (91 Species 02/12/2021).