Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth, is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. Chuffed to get one in the garden… on the new flowers I bought yesterday! Even more chuffed to actually get a decent photo of it.
This is a bushy, upright shrub with showy flowers and a fast growth habit. It produces large, attractive, drooping red and dark purple flowers which appear repeatedly throughout the summer and well into the autumn. I will try my best not to kill it.
Although commonly known as the ‘Black Slug’ the colour ranges from jet black, through chestnut and orange to pale grey and creamy white. The essential difference between slugs and snails is the shell – slugs do not have a shell, but do have a leathery mantle on their backs. The opening on the side is a nostril through which the slug breathes.
Paint. Peeling. Nice. Much like the back of my neck right about now.
I do like a Robin. A lot of people’s favourite I reckon…
For the last three evenings, after work I have gone straight to the garden with camera and Domino – long may the pleasant weather continue. I am loving the square format at the moment, so here are five from this evening. Gorgeous little bugger.
The native bee Apis mellifera mellifera is one of many species of bee which belong to the insect order Hymenoptera. They have been associated with humans for a long time and cave paintings depict the harvesting of honey 8,000 years ago.
Unlike most insects, honeybees remain active throughout the winter and the honey produced from the nectar of flowers, is to provide plenty of food when it is unavailable from plants.
Ox Eye Daisies are pretty special. Their scientific name makes them sound horrible: Leucanthemum vulgare.
I was distraught to find this little bug – possibly a moth of some sort drowning in the bird bath.
Like any decent citizen, I fished it out with a little twig and let it bask in the sun to dry out. I was rather pleased to see it fly away five minutes later. Result.
A crane fly is an insect in the family Tipulidae. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 2–60 millimetres (0.079–2.4 in) (tropical species may exceed 100 millimetres or 3.9 inches).
In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Newfoundland they are commonly referred to as daddy long-legs, but this name can also refer to two unrelated arthropods: members of the arachnid order Opiliones (especially in the United States and Canada) and the cellar spider Pholcidae (especially in Australia). The larvae of the European Crane Fly are commonly known as Leatherjackets. These larvae can cause damage to lawns by feeding on the roots of grass plants.