Southern Marsh Orchids
Thursday, 18 September 2014
some pictures from a sunny afternoon in the garden
A sunny Sunday afternoon in the garden, slumped in a comfy chair sipping from a can and keeping a watchful eye on the flower beds. The morning had already seen visits from 18 species of bird, including Bullfinch, Great-spotted Woodpecker and a fleeting visit from a female Sparrowhawk, and then the insects came. Mostly on the Ice Plants but some preferring the lavender or other flowers.
Four species of butterfly (Large White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell & Speckled Wood) and a Common Purple & Gold moth.
Three species of bee (Common Carder, Honey & Tree),
and a variety of hoverflies were seen, though I couldn’t ID, or photograph some of them. The first I'm pretty sure is Chrysotoxum bicinctum, the second is a Meliscaeva sp, possibly auricollis (lots of these across all the beds) and the final one is, I think, Eristalis pertinax.
Quite a lot of Garden Spiders around at the moment too!
A very pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon.