The red-tailed bumble bees absolutely love the wild bit of meadow grass because it has a large number of wild flowers (or weeds!) that attract it. I've looked them up and they are Cats Ear and Hawkbit and I cant stress enough how much the red-tailed bees love it. I hardly see them anywhere else in the garden.
You can see the bee is covered in yellow pollen in the image below
I have lots of visiting Honey bees on the lavender and on clover in the grass
A rare sight these days a real British Ladybird (not the Harlequins)
My moth invasion - loving all the lavender, valerian and buddleia around the garden. There were about ten or so moths on each group of these plants around the garden. They don't keep still so I just about managed to get these three into one photo.
So out I went to catch one and this is what they look like...is it s Common Swift?
Here are a couple of butterflies I did just about manage to catch on camera. I also rescued a Comma from the greenhouse. I was still in my slippers and trampled about amongst the flowers to get these two with things crawling up my legs!
I know this is not a great picture as it was windy and the leaf kept getting in the way, but this Peacock butterfly has been visiting the garden for a few days and is very keen on this little buddleia. We have also had Red Admirals about and Ringlets.
I might need some help with this id but I think it's a gatekeeper? It's a very small butterfly, or maybe a meadow brown? We have a lot of Gatekeepers here in Brixham all along the coastal path, so it makes sense that they would come into the garden too.
A few of the flowers in the garden in bloom this month
I really like tagetes, they are lovely en masse like this and I also put them in the greenhouse to deter pests and so far they have worked (second year I've tried this with success)
This is rose Maid of Kent, a present from my friend Kathy. It's doing very well in the garden and starting to grow and spread.
Quiz.......and what is this large bud?
Answer....the bud of the passion flower (but I'm sure you all knew that). I found this poor plant in the garden almost buried under a huge shrub. I cut it and the shrub right back and have been trailing it through and it's starting to do really well. This year there are quite a few flowers coming out. They are really weird looking!
Bat Watching this month July 2013So far I have seen plenty of the lovely little Pipistrelles flying into and out of the garden. They fly very close to the house and are no doubt catching some of the moths above. They have been arriving at about 9.45pm and seem to be the first out. I had a great watch the other night when it was particularly warm and still. They seemed to love the wild grass area and flew over it many times for about 10 minutes.
I've had a couple of encounters with the 'big bats' The Greater Horseshoe has actually visited a couple of times (instead of just flying over from east to west). It flew very fast and smoothly round a tree and the bird table towards me and back out down the garden (that was on the 5th July). Not so many now that I can see flying over.
How do I tell them apart?
The Pipistrelle is so small (with a wing span of 19-25cm and weight 3-8 grams) compared to the much larger Greater Horseshoe (with a wingspan of 35-40cm and weight 17-34 grams) so you can see that it's easy to spot the difference as they fly about. They also have a different flight, to me the Pipistrelle flutters more and is slower. The Greater Horseshoe is quite fast and much less fluttery in appearance-more of a swoop and a dive (hope that all makes sense)!
Hello and welcome to some new followers...Tom from Beyond The Riverbank, RabbitQuilter, and Lou Mary from Always Look On The Wild Side Of Life . Thanks for taking a look.
It's baking hot here again today 32.8 degrees. We're off for dinner at the Breakwater Bistro this evening and eating outside (hopefully the thunderstorms will wait until we get home).
Have a good week