Friday, May 11, 2018
Rabbits have returned to the garden. Yesterday there was one young one and today there were three and it was a pleasure to watch them gamboling about enjoying life. They are welcome here.
There were some interesting insects in Churchland Wood a couple of days ago. An early broad-bodied chaser dragonfly (Libellula depressa) perched on a bluebell. I wondered where it had come from as there are no water bodies nearby in which it might have bred.
In the same area I noted this mating pair of craneflies, Tipula varipennis. Usually found in lush woodland, there are also records from highland and island areas without tree cover. One of the distinctive features of this species is the thickened front and mid femorae of the female.
Our large bird cherry tree has flowered spectacularly this year (as it usually does) and has been shedding petals like snow for several days. Some have settled on a water butt and the photo below not only shows this but a reflection of myself - a rare guest appearance - holding the camera.