Damp mornings are perhaps not the best ones to go out with a camera but yesterday the garden didn’t disappoint revealing another new wildlife sighting. Refreshed foliage, flowers with raindrops and a soggy bee resting on a flower were to be expected, The final moult stage of a seven spot ladybird was definitely not. Research tells me this stage can last up to two weeks, very useful to know after my spotting emerging damselflies day.
An entomologist I certainly can’t claim to be, not remotely, but I had an ID guess at this black bug given there were ladybird larvae on flowers above. To my surprise I was right and that fuelled my interest to know more. I do find myself smiling when I see a ladybird. I liked reading that most animals don’t like their taste. I never thought of that, but then again they are red so that should have been a clue. It’s great news for the gardener as they can go through a lot of aphids in their lifetime. I’m thinking they could possibly be helping my problem with the cypress aphid on my leylandii hedge.
Taking part with other bloggers for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (GBBD) was the real reason I went out with my camera yesterday. It’s fun to see what is flowering around the world on the 15th of the month. It’s also very surprising to see familiar plants at the same stage. GBBD has been hosted at May Dreams Gardens for as long as I’ve been blogging. Well done, Carol, for keeping this going.
Here in Perthshire, Scotland there’s a mix of colours as can be seen in the autoplay photo slideshow below. These images were taken in my partially shaded back garden. White flowers stole the show for me yesterday. There are others in flower in my sunnier front garden including the wildflower greater knapweed, sedum, pink allium, and aubretia. More insect captures that caught my eye follow with a few other garden updates.
So that’s a good flavour of the garden in the middle of Jun 2020. I look forward to catching up with other gardens around the world later. I wonder if I will see familiar faces both in flowers and bloggers. It’s great to discover new ones for both. I hope you all have been enjoying your gardens and the wildlife you discover there as much as I am. I really can’t believe I continue to see and learn new things, it’s going out with a camera that does it.
I’d like to add that here in the UK, a week today, 22nd -28th June is National Insect Week. It is aimed at encouraging everyone of all ages to get interested and learn more about insects. Sounds good to me. Here’s some current info:
Entomology at Home for National Insect Week
National Insect Week #NIW2020 on 22nd to 28th June 2020 will not involve physical events, to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 virus. We hope you will join us in a virtual campaign to celebrate the little things that run the world. Over the next weeks and months we will be expanding our online resources and activities, linking out to the many National Insect Week partner organisations, so that as many as possible can do entomology at home.National Insect Week
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2020.