|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
In the autumn time the Wild Salmon swim up our local river to spawn. The tourists go to Buchanty Spout to watch them leaping but us locals know where to go to get just as good a view.
|Wild Salmon leaping in Perthshire | Tayside, Scotland|
Every April and May I look out my kitchen window and I can see little bee flies which are the size of a bee darting at warp speed across the patio. Get out beside them and you realise that they buzz too. They have this huge and threatening sharp looking proboscis too but they won't sting. I even managed to photograph one sleeping upside down and one of them laying eggs in mid air and flicking them down on the soil. Discover more by visiting these two links ...
If you've ever heard of Will 'O the Wisp or Puck then this post might also interest you. A very strange phenomenon happens to the Rosa canina dog rose stem when a gall wasp takes up residence. What that wasp creates is absolutely amazing!
|Small Copper Butterfly|
The Orange tip butterflies feed mostly on the Oil Seed Rape so I'm always pleased when I see that the fields nearby growing that crop. Every spring I go hunting for orange tip butterfly eggs - I know where to look as you'll see in this post:
...even moths get a mention as these ones fly thousands of miles to reach Scotland.
One year we had a pair of blackbirds nesting in a bird box next to a busy passageway. They didn't seem perturbed by all the human activity around them and quite enjoyed being the centre of attention. Over the course of a few weeks I was able to photograph the birds from when they hatched until they finally fledged.
Most people take ladybirds/ladybugs for granted but our native ladybird has been a rare sight in my wildlife garden despite being as much of an organic gardener as possible.
- The ladybird survey and the approaching Harlequin Invasion
- Harmonia axyridis: Know and expose your enemy!
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!
Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside photographer and writer. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the gardening by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters. Connect with her on Google plus and Facebook.
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