I went for a prowl around my garden on Friday morning, camera in hand, to see what bugs were around. My intention was to take photos of everything, whether I already had photos of it or not, as a way of documenting (and reminding myself) what is active at this change-of-season time.
In the event I missed a few on purpose and a few because they were too quick for me but ended up with presentable shots of 25 species. I uploaded them all to Flickr and they can be viewed as a slideshow here (if it doesn’t work for you, click here to go straight to Flickr). For information about them, enter full-screen mode and click “show info”, or click on the photo to go to the Flickr page (new window).
What did I miss?
- I saw many of the butterflies I mentioned in my previous post but didn’t bother chasing them;
- a hover-fly, a brown paper wasp and a black and yellow mud-dauber wasp escaped before I could get a shot;
- I could easily have taken photos of St Andrew’s Cross, Spiny and Silver orb-weaving spiders but I know I could do that any time;
- I didn’t photograph all the species of small dark flies I saw, because there are too many and they are too similar; and
- By restricting my collection to that one-hour prowl I missed the Eurema butterfly, Giant Grasshopper, Neon Cuckoo Bee and swarm of tiny bees I saw later in the day.
There’s a lot of life in a garden, if only you look!