A lot has been happening in the garden over the past few days.
Drinking a cup of tea in the garden this afternoon I noticed this comma butterfly sunning herself. She had obviously over-wintered somewhere close-by as you can see she is rather battered and bashed. I’m especially pleased to see her as one of their main food plants is the nettle. I kept an area of nettle in the garden last year (instead of pulling it all up and depositing it in the compost bin), maybe my green-gardening has paid off for once.
Next is an insect that I usually run a mile from but yesterday she was particularly docile. This queen common wasp will be looking for a new nest site soon. Let’s hope she doesn’t choose my loft (again) otherwise I may have to get the “wasp man” to take her and her mates away.
Queen Common Wasp
This bumble was sitting on the back step yesterday morning. Looking very bedraggled, I woman-handled her onto a nearby shrub to let her dry out. She’s a queen buff-tailed bumblebee. Hopefully she WILL make her nest nearby, and her workers will fill the garden with their dozy buzz on hot summer days.
Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee
A few other things have been happening in the garden… mainly at night. The foxes are everywhere. There are now at least four visiting the garden and showing up on the live webcam in the evenings (much to all the watchers delight). A couple of them have unfortunately been limping very badly. I’m hoping their injuries are just minor, and that they will be back to full health soon. They have also dug out another two holes under the shed. Messy buggers!
The badger (Apple) is still coming regularly, although not every night. She came early on Wednesday morning (2/4/08) and stayed from 3.23 to 3.28am. Just a short visit but maybe the foxes had eaten all the sultanas!
We also saw a hedgehog on the live webcam on Monday night (31/3/08) at about 11pm. Hopefully it will be back for some grub and we will see it again. It had better steer clear of the foxes and badgers though, last year one was eaten on the front lawn. Only it’s head and spines remained in the morning. So don’t say you haven’t been warned little hog-pig and watch your back!