Some fine warm nights have enabled us to run the moth trap. Over the past week ten new species have been put on the ever growing list. Hawk moths have almost finished but migrant moths are always a possibility. However we did catch one large moth, a Red Underwing. On arrival at the trap it was resting on the outside and possible a few minutes later in arriving it would have gone. We have recently been pestered with large numbers of wasps in and around the trap. They cause no trouble in the early hours of the day and disperse quickly.
|The aptly named- Spectacle!|
|Vapourer- the female is wingless|
|The magnificent sunflower bed dwarfing the runner beans|
|The flower sprouts are doing well and we are hoping for a good crop of this tasty vegetable|
|The Cannas are thriving and one plant is well over 6 feet tall|
|The decorative Banana plant grows a new leaf each week|
|Fennel- a magnet for bees and hoverflies|
|Papyrus plants enjoying the temporary move to the pond|
|James Grieve apple tree has plenty of fruit|
|Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii'|
One Red Admiral butterfly took a liking to a T shirt and stayed there for a good five minutes before flying off
A visitor to the moth trap at first light is the Robin. He is weighing up the chances of a possible easy meal and the trap has be moved about the garden each time to avoid the bird getting into bad habits!
|The ever hungry Robin|