Sunday, 17 May 2015
Wildflowers and Update
The wildflower mini meadow is starting to spring into life
Red Campion (Silene dioica)
Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
Common Sorrel (Runex acetosa)
Ribwort Plantain (Planatago lanceolata)
Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) has self-seeded in one of the borders. Not sure where it came from and I gather its rather invasive but not too bothered as the bees love it :)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) is scattered all over the garden.
Blue Tit nest - the female has laid at least one egg. Its very difficult to see exactly how many as she covers them with feathers. She won't start incubating until the clutch is more or less complete and then we should get an idea exactly how many eggs there are.
Not too many around at the moment as its gone so cool but last Monday we had Brimstone, Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Peacock.
Frog tadpoles - all seem to have disappeared. There are loads of Common Newts in the pond who could well be eating them.
Had to rescue an adult Common Frog from a Magpie on Thursday evening. The Magpie was about to peck it to death. Luckily, we intervened and the frog seemed uninjured and we placed it under some shrubs in the border.
Rescued a Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) from the kitchen today. This species makes nests that resemble mini volcanoes out of soil in lawns.
It has been a really disappointing month so far for moths. All I've trapped since 27th April are Hebrew Character x 1, Shuttle Shaped Dart x 4. A Brimstone Moth was seen fluttering at the garage window one night. Have had several occasions when I have trapped no moths at all. Friday, 15th May I found just one Black Sexton Beetle in the trap and last night this Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis.
During mating the male Nursery Web Spider gives the female a wrapped insect! Presumably as a peace offering and to make sure he himself is not consumed? The female carries her eggs with her in a ball the size of a pea and just before the young hatch she puts them inside a silken tent for protection. The adult spiders catch prey by running and sprinting after small insects.