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Wildlife

We do our best to encourage wildlife.

Here are some photos of interesting creatures seen in the garden and meadows.

 

 

 

 

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We think this is Lampronata setosas, a large ichneumon wasp which parasitises the larvae of the Goat Moth which live in wood, hence the very long ovipositor. It is sitting on the arm of a bench , the arm is 25mm wide.

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We do our best to provide food and nest sites for bees, so important these days, this is the Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)

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Native plants are important for our indigenous wildlife, here the White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) and the Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) on a Burdock plant (Arctium minus).

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Another native plant, Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) is very attractive to insects so we keep a small patch in the meadow but, as its name suggests, it needs to be controlled otherwise it would creep everywhere.

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Pictured on the Creeping thistle are a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)  and Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera).

 

On nearby grass, a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaes).

 

The creeping thistle also attracted this Adonis blue (Polyommatus bellargus) and Gatekeeper  (Pyronia tithonus).

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Left, this Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album ) is basking in the sunshine on a grass seed head.

 

Below, on nearby grass, a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaes).

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Above, is a Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

 

Left, even when the Centaurea in the meadow is running to seed, it is still beneficial for wildlife, we counted eight goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) in these plants in early August.

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Right, is a Large White (Pieris brassicae) attracted to the Thistle.

Vegetable gardeners are not happy to see these but a cloud of them in high summer is like confetti.