Half an Hour in the Garden

Pink Flower
Pink Flower (ID more than welcomed)
With a sore back and other things to do today, I wasn't able to manage a patch walk (and now won't until Wednesday due to working nights for 5 nights, man this is going to be tough!), but I decided instead to spend half an hour wandering the garden (makes it sound huge, it isn't its a small suburban garden, wandering was a bit of an exaggeration) and looking at the bugs, hoverflies and what ever else turned up, and I have to say it was rather pleasant, with the sun beating down and the insects out in force.

The One That Got Away


I'm going to start with a disappointment, I spotted in the garden a jewel wasp (these are the small green and red wasps that are tiny), but unfortunately I didn't manage to get a photo, and it disappeared off into the mass of weeds pretty quickly, but I was really happy to see what is arguably one of the prettiest wasps in the world.

Unknown Beetle - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Unknown Beetle - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

Hoverflies


I was lucky enough to see at least 3 species of hoverfly; Xanthogramma Pedissequum and a Sphaerophoria sp (see below) the 3rd was small and I didn't get a photo, but it is a common one whose name currently escapes me, as well as a couple of flies (green Bottle & another), some bees (Tree Bumblebee mainly) and a spider (again no ID) as well as the above unidentified beetle (presume some kind of flower beetle).

Sphaerophoria Sp. (same as below) - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Sphaerophoria Sp. (same as below) - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Sphaerophoria Sp. (Full species ID appreciated) - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Sphaerophoria Sp. (Full species ID appreciated) - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

Xanthogramma Pedissequum - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Xanthogramma Pedissequum - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

Green Bottle sp? - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Green Bottle sp? - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

FLy sp? - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
FLy sp? - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

Spider sp? - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Spider sp? - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

An Unexpected Moth or Two


Presumably having come in when the moth trap was on last night I spotted two moths in the garden, a Willow Beauty (my first of the year as it goes) and a stunning Buff Arches.

Willow Beauty - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Willow Beauty - Great Holm, Milton Keynes

Buff Arches - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
Buff Arches - Great Holm, Milton Keynes
It all just goes to show that a quick look in the garden can produce some wonderful species, you just have to get down and dirty with them.

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6 comments:

  1. Wow what amazing photos the insects are so crystal clear. I agree its easy to forget that there is so much to see in our own back gardens, and sometimes we are so busy gardening you can forget to look around and investigate a it.

    Angela

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    1. Thank you. It is a great little world at our fingertips that is so easily overlooked but is a great resource for finding wildlife.

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  2. Love the eyes on the flies - no wonder the little devils see us coming and et out of the way so fast!

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    1. Insect eyes really are amazing to behold.

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  3. The one from the Sphaerophoria species is so beautiful. Very nicely captured. Loved all the photos.

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    1. Thank you, and they can be pretty hard to capture being so swift on the wing

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