At last, towards the middle of May we have lost the cold frosty nights, although with that it has brought the rain, but we can’t win them all! Such a late spring from last year the farmers must be struggling as this is silage time, the grass is growing well but now too wet to cut.

When we take the dogs for a short walk in the afternoon, I’m making sure I have my camera with me now, I’ve been keeping my eye out for insects now the nights are warmer and slowly but surely over a few days I’ve been seeing some interesting things. In the little spinney at the bottom of the lane I’ve spotted many of these little blue beetles like below, as always, I was not sure what they were and after some discussion and bit of research by myself I decided on an Alder Leaf Beetle and that seems to be the consensus.

Alder Leaf Beetle
Alder Leaf Beetle

I am also spotting one or two Damselflies, not many but hopefully in the next few weeks there will be many more. So far a large Red Damselfly and a male and female Banded Damoiselle.

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly
Banded Damoiselle, male
Banded Damoiselle, male
Banded Damoiselle
Banded Damoiselle, male

I managed to capture a Mayfly usually they are moving around rapidly but I just noticed one on the end of a Goosegrass stem, a beautiful little insect.

Mayfly
Mayfly

A couple of other insects as I walked up the lane, a Yellow Dung fly and a Robber fly.

Yellow Dung Fly
Yellow Dung Fly
Robber Fly
Robber Fly

We were pleased to see a Treecreeper one day, every day we go down we have been looking in the spinney for one this year, we heard a light tapping in a tree and eventually it showed itself. I just managed to get a distant image and will be keeping my eyes open. Also a Green Woodpecker is there most days whether there is a nest I’m not sure but again I’ll keep looking.

Treecreeper
Treecreeper

At home I’ve spotted that we have a Frog in the little barrel pond I put in last summer which was a nice surprise, hopefully we shall get some more wildlife as it matures.

Frog
Frog

Another interesting spot was a little Lime Speck Pug Moth in our conservatory a very small little moth that is said to resemble a bird-dropping and thus reduce attraction to predators it was around 16-20mm long. I managed to let it out to fly free.

Lime Speck Pug Moth
Lime Speck Pug Moth

Another sighting of a Roe deer doe one morning all on her own, whether the family has split up now I’m not sure. She was just in the bottom of the garden in the long grass.

Roe deer
Roe deer

 

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