Tuesday, July 25, 2017

25/07/2017 Another trip around the garden and a different butterfly today!

Maximum temperature 25C, minimum 13C.   17 km/h NW winds with 27 km/h gusts. Dry
Clouded Yellow (I think) (Colias crocea) There are two of them very similar!!

Large White (Pieris brassicae)

The same Gatekeeper as yesterday, the damaged wing is easily identifiable. (Pyronia tithonus)

Well camouflaged - a little hopper!

Shield bug (Syromastes rhombeus) (I think)

Lots of pollen in the pumpkin flowers... Bee.

Calendula and unknown bug.

Banded snail.

Young butternut.



I cannot remember which apple this was, but it was an English apple!!


Monday, July 24, 2017

24/07/2017 A few quick shots in the morning, we have been in Angouleme all afternoon and nowhere where I could take photos!

Maximum temperature 24C, minimum 15C.   24 km/h NW winds with 39 km/h gusts. 13 mm rain measured this morning.
Calendula and bee.

Gatekeeper female -she seems to have a little wing damage....

A different Gatekeeper female....

and a male.

A Shield bug that I cannot identify further!

Bee in a pumpkin flower.

Choisya ternata flowering for the second time this year.


And the second Echeveria flower that I have had this year


Finally in the veg garden - Haricot beans in the front, chard left back, carrots far right back and if you look carefully, you can see the fern from the fennel between the carrots and haricot....

Spring onions in the front and more carrots behind....

and under all this green are some excellent parsnips.

Sunflowers by the side of the road en route to Angouleme.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

23/07/2017 In the garden again!

Maximum temperature 23C, minimum 10C.   22 km/h SW winds with 25 km/h gusts. 6 mm rain measured this morning.
Blue tit. (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Think this is a Blue tit youngster just starting to change colour.

Great tit, possibly also a youngster. (Parus major)

Gatekeeper female.  (Pyronia tithonus)

I thought this was a large white, but looking again I do not think so. Possibly Pieris family but.....

Lady bird.

Bee on the thyme...

as above.

Bee on a zinnia.



Stargazer again... Sorry it only lasts for a short time so I am making the most of it!!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

22/07/2017 Around the garden before the rain.

Maximum temperature 23C, minimum 11C.   23 km/h SW winds with 30 km/h gusts.  Some rain in the afternoon not measured yet.
Zinnia and Shield bug.


Do I want a drink or a bath, I do not want to drop my piece of grass!!...

No I will just get out, I want this grass....

Second thoughts, but then she got out again and hopped off !! ðŸ˜Š

Gatekeeper male (Pyronia tithonus)

Pumpkin flower.
Mrs Sparrow (Passer domesticus)...

Taking a bath.

Slightly bedraggled Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Stargazer Lilies.

Wood Pigeon  (Columba palumbus)...

As above.