Category Archives: insects

Garden Wildlife – Part 11 Wildflowers

The garden today is starting to come alive with wildflowers. In the grass, the flower borders, the gravel and between the cracks in the patio. I was quite surprised by just how many I found in the space of a … Continue reading

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2019 Round up and HNY

I’ll start with the highlight of 2019. The publishing of Get Your Boots On. An idea that had been in my head since 2016 and after years of writing, and then months of editing by the amazing Dived Up Publishing … Continue reading

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Leaf litter

Leaving an area of leaf litter can create habitat and food for small creatures over the autumn and winter. Ladybirds, caterpillars, slugs and snails, springtails, worms and spiders all use the decomposing leaves for food, protection and hiding places. Just … Continue reading

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Second Butterfly count

Second butterfly count was at Bernwood forest.  1pm. Temperature was 31 degrees, sunshine Bernwood Forest has its own Butterfly trail and occasionally sightings of the Purple Emperor. Unfortunately we didn’t spot one of those, but did see: 13  x Silver … Continue reading

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Ladybirds and their 4 stages

On my local patch this year there is an explosion of Ladybirds (Coccinellidae) One thing I’ve notice this time that I hadn’t noticed before is the empty pupa shells around the garden. There are 4 ‘instar’ stages in a ladybirds … Continue reading

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Flying Ant day

Yesterday was ‘Flying ant day’ here on my Local Patch. This day will vary each year, between June and August, but it will only happen when the conditions are just right. Generally it happens on a day when the temperature … Continue reading

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Wild Flower Meadow

This week saw the first National Meadows Day. Lots of events to celebrate our wildflower meadows went on around the country, but I decided to visit the one local to me. Over 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost since … Continue reading

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