There are still quite a few large white and small white butterflies around. This photo I took a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to processing it. The butterfly is sat on sage. A couple more butterfly photos can be seen on the Insects page, one I took this weekend.
|Large White Butterfly © 2013 Natasha Forder|
It is very quiet now for blackbirds. I fear that the Real Mr Black has been done away with. I can't decide if it is by Impostor Black, who has been around a little, or by the wing of his own youngster. I tend to only see one of the young ones now and this one I suspect is a male blackbird, looking at the colouring that is slowly emerging. I got quite fond of the Real Mr B, so I do hope the story above isn't true and that he is just lying low! The youngster has quite an attitude and I often see it chasing Impostor B around the garden!
The lilies stopped flowering but I've left the stems and this week I noticed lots of lily beetles on one of the plants. Before I got close enough I thought that finally we had some ladybirds, at this point I could just see red on the plant. When I got close I realised they were little beetles, but I had to look them up to see what type they were. Very apt name for them!
|Birds||Wildlife and Insects||Flowers|
|Blackbird – male, female, juvenile||Grey squirrels||African daisy|
|Great spotted woodpecker - male, female, juvenile||Snail||Lavender|
|Chaffinch - male, female||Slug||Large Daisy|
|Greenfinch - male, female, juvenile||Backswimmer||Dahlia|
|Blue tit - adult, juvenile||Bees - various||Begonia|
|Great tit - adult, juvenile||Large white butterfly||Cats Ear|
|Dunnock - adult||Small white butterfly||Oregano|
|Robin - adult, juvenile||Lily beetle||Marjoram|
|Jay - adult, juvenile||Thyme|
|Magpie - adult||Montbretia|
|Crow - adult||Fuscia|
|Nuthatch - adult||Gaura cherry brandy|
|Woodpigeon - adult, juvenile||Gaura lindheimeri belleza|
|Collared dove - adult||Penstemon pensham czar|
|Coal tit||Lobelia x speciosa fan salmon|
|Coreopsis grandiflora rising|
|Gaillardia sunburst yellow|