Here are some photos of interesting creatures seen in the garden and meadows.
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.
We do our best to provide food and nest sites for bees, so important these days,
this is the Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)
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
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.
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).
Left, this Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album ) is basking in the sunshine on a grass
Below, on nearby grass, a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaes).