Still getting some sun between the showers so bugs and butterflies are still around the garden.
There have been a few holly blues spending some time here. They were usually looking for nectar sources. One, pictured left, liked the veronica, while another, right, seemed to prefer heather.
Monday, 17 August 2015
Sunday, 16 August 2015
This woodpecker is living up to his name. He is pecking lots of holes in this dead birch tree. Some are big enough for him to get right inside the tree. Others are smaller and shallower. Is he creating nest holes or are the holes just ways of getting to the wood boring beetle larvae that must surely inhabit the decaying wood? He (or another male) made a deep hole last year but did not use it as a nest.
Posted by Doug Thompson at 14:26
Friday, 14 August 2015
Another invasive foreigner here. This is the rhododendron leafhopper, graphocephala fennahi. It was introduced into Europe from the USA in the early 1900s. This one is an adult.
Both adult and nymph feed on the sap of rhododendron bushes. So it is one of the very few pests of rhododendrons. Some people would say we could do with a few more!
The pond skater, gerris lacustris, is another bug. These insects are carnivorous, preying mainly on other insects which fall onto the water surface. They rely on surface tension and non-wetting legs to walk on the water.
Posted by Doug Thompson at 00:57
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015
I found this bug yesterday in the garden. It's a red legged shieldbug, pentatoma rufipes. The nymphs live on oak trees so it's not surprising really since there are oak trees overhanging the garden.
Today's visitor was a common blue butterfly. Apparently they are becoming scarcer so I'm pleased we still have them here.
Posted by Doug Thompson at 18:39
Where do I Walk?
Mainly around the National Trust land at Washington Common and Warren Hill in West Sussex. I also spend some time around my old Steyning walks and other interesting places in West Sussex.