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