We’re going on a bug hunt…

25 Jun

Today was a gorgeous sunny day so we decided to get out there and enjoy the garden.  My plan was to do some planting and weeding but of course No. 2 child had other ideas! We ended up going on a bug hunt which was pretty good fun. I did get quite distracted trying to get ‘the perfect shot’ of a Bumble Bee but also managed to spot quite a lot of other wildlife.  The garden was only planted about 5 or 6 years ago but we specifically chose plants that attract wildlife and it does seem to be paying off.

The garden is teeming with hover-flies at the moment

The garden is teeming with hover-flies at the moment

Hover-flies are great as their larvae feed on aphids.  They should have a real feast in our garden at the moment because we have quite a few green-fly, particularly on my roses. I don’t tend to treat them with anything biological, I just give them a blast with some water or sometimes just rub them off with my fingers.

We are yet to identify this one!

Cardinal Beetle

The Cinnabar Moth

The Cinnabar Moth (minus part of a wing)

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If my identification is correct then this is a ‘flower bee’.

Our Astrantia (Great Masterwort) are covered with bees and hover flies at the moment and the flowers are so pretty.

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Damsel Fly

Lots of Damsel Flies are enjoying the garden at the moment. They are really lovely but I would LOVE to see some really big Dragon Flies. I have only ever seen one of these in our garden and they are quite spectacular.

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Love this shot showing his googly eyes!

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Bees loving the foxgloves!
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It took me ages to get this shot!

There were lots of different bees buzzing around in our garden this morning.  I found a useful bee identification tool on the Natural History Museum website. I haven’t identified this particular bee yet but I’m guessing it’s long ‘pollen grabber’ could be a key to working out which one this is? If anyone knows do get in touch, and I’d also love to know the correct term for ‘pollen grabber’…

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Pyrochroa Serraticornis

A small sample of our Froglets. There are loads of them!

A small sample of our Froglets. There are loads of them!

When we’d finished our little bug hunt we came inside (mummy was gasping for a cup of coffee) and looked through our wildlife book to identify the creatures that we had found. Thomas loved doing this and tomorrow I think we will try to draw some of them and write their names.

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4 Responses to “We’re going on a bug hunt…”

  1. Lou June 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    great shots, Ive been trying to get some pics of the bees in our garden but am never quick enough!

  2. Beetle Wil July 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Love the blog and post but i think that the red beetle is Pyrochroa serraticornis… :)

    • greenmumsblog July 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Ah thank you, I will change that. I have just been looking at your blog, you have some amazing photos on there!

      • Beetle Wil July 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

        Thank you very much :)

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