Wildlife in our garden (Part 3)

There have been lots of insects in our garden this year. The painted lady butterflies have been numerous. Bees of various sizes, hoverflies, a dragonfly, moths and an unusual ladybird have all been observed. (I was going to say spotted!)

An interesting thing this year was that some wasps built a nest in a bird-box intended for wrens or robins. The nest box itself has had a strange history. Originally it was fixed a bit too low for birds; a field-mouse took up residence. The wasps moved in after it was moved higher. They build their nests from chewed wood, which makes a papery substance. Part way through the summer some of their grubs fell (or were pushed?) from the nest.
After the wasps had left hubby dismantled the box and I took photos of the nest. He cleaned the box out (woodlice had moved in) and replaced it. Not long afterwards a young wren explored it. Perhaps next year it will serve its intended purpose.

Another nest box has served as sleeping quarters for a blue tit for a few winters. It was made from a piece of log and has now disintegrated. Its replacement has the opening facing in a different direction. We shall see…

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3 thoughts on “Wildlife in our garden (Part 3)

  1. Really enjoyed this post, as also a wildlife observer! We also had one of those strange ladybirds – (we’re in the south midlands area) maybe they are a variety of the Harlequin? We we glad to see more ladybirds than last year, and their larvae, which were eating Blackfly on our mock orange tree. (They could’ve been more useful on the redcurrants though!) I love your detailed studies of the wasps’ nest. When they’re collecting wood for nest building, you can hear then biting it off the log/bench/whatever they’re taking it from!

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