Wildlife in our garden (Part 2)

An earlier post described some of the larger visitors to our garden.

There are lots of insects in our garden in summer. Our flowers attract bees, wasps and hover-flies. There are also caterpillars, leather jackets, which become crane flies (also known as Daddy-long-legs), flies, butterflies and moths.

Spiders are arachnids rather than insects. Garden spiders and harvest spiders are the most common, although we sometimes see money spiders and some spiders which jump. The biggest spiders we find are house spiders. We catch them in a box and put them outside! Slugs and two kinds of snails are also garden residents.

We found the leaf-cutter bees, which set up their home in our garden very interesting. I wrote about them here.

My photos are of the more interesting ones we saw in 2018. They are from May, July and August. Some have been cropped to enlarge the image, which reduces the resolution.

Can you name any of the species?

So far I have identified a brimstone moth (yellow) and a poplar hawk-moth caterpillar. The hawk-moth caterpillars all have a horn at the rear end. The pale brown underwings belong to a blue butterfly.

My next post will be about the wildlife we have noticed this year.


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