Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Saturday, October 19th 2013

 Protection is a requirement for winter hibernation, but it must be a little uncomfortable in the Gorse for this 7 Spot Ladybird.

7Spot Ladybird in the Gorse

Not sure who was the most comfortable and safe, the Eyed Ladybird on the bridge handrail or the greenfly sitting on the ladybird!

Greenfly on ladybird on handrail

Yesterday's warmth and sunshine brought out darters and butterflies. They were looking for places where they could receive maximum heat. This did not necessarily mean the most comfortable or photogenic places.

The wheelbarrow waiting to be loaded, proved an ideal site for this darter to receive a bit of warmth.

Darter dragonfly in the wheelbarrow

Whilst another chose the vertical side of the boardwalk.

Darter on vertical part of boardwalk

In the back garden the butterflies were feeding from the late flowering Michealmas Daisies,

Red Admiral feeding on Michaelmas Daisies

but one decided it was much better to hang onto the webbing in front of the activity room window.

Red Admiral on the webbing

And finally we have mentioned several times that we feed apple to the Water Voles.  (Thank you to everyone who provides us with apples.) We know they are there because the apple disappears and in exchange they leave their droppings.  Today a little more evidence that they are present was the piece of apple with teeth marks, left on the board.

Apple with Water Vole teeth marks

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