Thursday, September 09, 2021

Emperor in the garden


Elephant hawk moth caterpillar

Don’t eat me birds… I’m a snake!

This is what he will grow into… very pretty.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Butterfly eggs and young

 I’ve been watching flocks of Cabbage white butterflies flying around these plants for days and just thought I’d check. Sure enough eggs and hatchlings abound.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Unknown Grasshopper

 This very large and highly detailed grasshopper is proving hard to identity with all my reference books in storage.

 Speckled Bush Cricket.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bee update

 Well I opened the box today to check on those tiny rescued Mason bee eggs. To my surprise some had actually hatched and seemed quite healthy munching on their pollen packets. I counted three but there may be more. I’m not quite sure what to do with them after they cocoon. Do I put them in the fridge until next April or let them alone and let them hatch this year. I’ve got some more research to do.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Newt pond

 This was my first wildlife pond. Frogs stop off here but so far have not spawned, just as well because it has become the home of hundreds of Smooth newts. Just sit quietly for a couple of minutes and the water comes to life with mating and spawning newts.

The bars were put on many years ago when my boy was very little to stop him falling in. However, it’s not very deep as I have placed large sandstone rocks everywhere.

Frog pond

Added some frog shelves to the pond

 The cat having a drink on a hot day.
 Some of these frogs are tiny and must be one or two years old. So far no frogs have spawned in this wildlife pond even though it attracts them over the year. The pond is three years old so is still quite new.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


 This little chap was brought in by the cat. He has been causing lawn mayhem for years.
 It’s fascinating to finally get a good look at him. People will spend a whole lifetime and never see one, so it was a real treat to show my little boy.