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|feeding on the Tansy wild flowers|
There is little wildlife in the garden from late autumn until the end of March but if we've some warm weather in early March we'll see the Peacock butterflies that hibernated over the winter months along with some of the solitary bees.
Late spring onwards is when all the action starts!
|Hover flies adore Shirley poppies and flock to them in huge numbers! The air can be full of them so don't inhale with your mouth open when you photograph them.|
I have a small wildlife pond and the most exciting occupants are the nymph large red damselflies. One year I managed to photograph them from the nymph stage, the stage where they are crawling out of the nymph skin and then drying their wings before they flew off into the garden.
- Pyrrhosoma nymphula The Large Red Damselfly and its Gradual Metamorphosis
- The Red Damselfly Visit : Pyrrhosoma nymphula
|Wild Salmon leaping in Perthshire | Tayside, Scotland|
|Small Copper Butterfly|
- The ladybird survey and the approaching Harlequin Invasion
- Harmonia axyridis: Know and expose your enemy!
|tips on photographing ladybirds|
- Photographing ladybirds In 2014 ladybirds were no longer rare and I photographed them for months. Then in 2015 during the coldest time of the year I wrote about when ladybirds go into diapause and their antifreeze abilities that stop them from freezing.
- If you were a ladybird where would you spend the winter?
- Ladybirds surviving the winter months
Lacewings are a rare sight in my garden too for the past few years though I have put up a 'bug hotel' for them to hibernate in over the winter months. I wrote a very whimsical post about its installation a few years ago. Just imagine how the Scottish Tourist Board would convince a lacewing to hibernate in the garden!