Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

two rarities

At last summer has arrived with some warm sunshine. The meadows are full of wild flowers. This is a heath fritillary (female) feeding on cornish bladderseed, two rarities in one.

cornish bladderseed

Sunday, June 05, 2016

did you knock?

Swallows roosting in our porch. They have had one unsuccessful attempt to breed already. Something (probably local sparrows) raided the nest and chucked the eggs out. They will probably try again.

may is out

you can start casting clouts, the May is out. (There is some dispute about the origin of this old saying, but I like to think it refers to the hawthorn coming into flower, whatever the time of year, and it is a bit late this year). So out with my clouts.

at last, a green hairstreak butterfly

I have been looking for this little green butterfly (the green hairstreak) for the last five years, and at last today in Greenscombe woods, I spotted this one and was able to photograph it. Hooray! And there were a lot of heath fritillaries about

and lots of heath spotted, marsh and lesser butterfly orchids, and a crab spider waiting for an unsuspecting pollinator.

Monday, May 30, 2016


the black and red frog hopper looks like a mis-shapened ladybird but is one of the spittle bug family (see link British bugs ). They are supposed to be common but thgis is the first red and black one we have seen.

out for a stroll

fox crossing

near the zebra?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Calstock in bloom

enormous wisteria climbing over end of incline railway at Calstock (see this link Calstock information)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

the white sparrow

just one more for old times sake, the amazing sight of  an albino (or leucistic) sparrow in the garden of Spot's new(ish) abode