After 3 years since I built my small garden pond and planted this Yellow Flag Iris Iris pseudacorus it has flowered for the very first time to my joy. This is the first bloom, and it looks like there are many more to come. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little... Continue Reading →
Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, this evening May 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman Sigma 18-300mm.
These are the first of the Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula I have seen around my garden pond this season. Double click on images to enlarge. May 2018, rear garden pond Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, April 2018, rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman
Double click to get closer. Water Mint Mentha aquatica, August 2017, garden pond, Staffordshire, England.
I discovered this caterpillar yesterday feeding from a silken retreat on my Water Mint. It is the Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata), of which I have seen the small adult fluttering around on several occasions. The larvae feed on all kind of Mint, but this one has taken quite a chance, for the Water Mint is... Continue Reading →