Only a couple of pix today, of a new born Common Lizard. The first pic shows just how tiny they are. Look along the corrugated iron sheet. There were three, but two shot off into the undergrowth as soon as they saw me. This one stayed around to have its picture taken. The second pic was as close as I could get before it too shot off into the undergrowth.
Below are pictures I have managed to take of a few Dragonflies and Damselflies. At the moment they are mating and not really interested in their surroundings, so I have been able to take some nice photos.
But I have to say my favourite are the last four of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on Buddhleia. I couldn’t get any closer due to the ten feet of six feet high stinging nettles between us and the fact a bird is nesting at the back and I didn’t want to disturb the nest just for a pic.
Last year was a very poor year for fruiting trees and shrubs. Come winter time the wildlife had a serious uphill struggle to find food. This year looks like an abundant year for fruit. Here are a few pix of in no particular order, Blackberry, Raspberry, Rosehip, Apples, Blueberry, Hawberry, Cherry and others.
Below are pix of a Spider, a Damselfly called Sympecma fucas, Dragonfly ( poor pic but they can travel at 40mph ), the Caterpillar of the Privet Hawk Moth, Snail on a Large leaved Spindle Tree, Large Leaved Spindle tree flower and a couple of Wild Flowers and Seed.
If you want to try to find these three butterflies, do not scroll down to the answer. Go to the post two weeks ago and… have a go!
The pic below shows the positions of the butterflies.
Due to the inclement weather, boy did it chuck it down….., I only have a few pix to post today. Two are of Water Mint and one of a Gatekeeper Butterfly. When I took this photo I didn’t know behind the Butterfly was what I think is a Weevil.
Lastly, Molluscs are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but I have posted a picture of a Slug.
I have posted pix today of a pregnant Slow Worm, Long Tailed Tits and a Brimstone Butterfly, I couldn’t get the picture of a Clouded Yellow Butterfly I saw, It was flying too fast for me. But I will try to get it next week.
I don’t like taking pix of wildlife not in their natural surroundings, but I can’t get very good pix of birds in the wild and the compost heap I found this slow worm on was too good to miss.
I saw something today I did not realise happened. I saw a Peacock Butterfly poop in the same way Birds do, and with the same force. It never occured to me that Butterflies do this. It looked like a birds, too.
Finally, a ‘Count how many’ Competition. How many Ants in the pic? It may help to count the legs and divide by six, or count the antennae and divide by two….Have fun!