30th July 2013

Despite torrential rain of the past two days, it is very hot again. The moth trap had over 40 species, including Double-lobed, not seen here since 1985.

Went re-wire the trap at lunchtime and the Walled Garden was "alive" with butterflies. Unfortunately for the folks with the raised beds, many of them were Large and Small Whites which were happily laying eggs all over their brassicas! Other butterflies included Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet and Small Copper.

Walled Garden with its Thistles and Willowherb and the raised allotment beds

Wild Carrot closed up

Wild Carrot - note the single pink floret in the centre - typical of this species

Large White nectaring on Creeping Thistle

Large White eggs (Small whites usually lay single eggs)

Small Whites mating

Small White female (note two dots on each wing; males have one)

Teasel is a very pretty flower

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