With this blog post, which presents some of the highlights that we enjoyed in our garden in July, I am, at last, getting near to being up-to-date with my blog posts. July did turn up some interesting events, so here we go!
Monday, 4th July
Historically, we have had occasional sightings of dragonflies and damselflies in the garden. However, this has only been, maybe, three or four times each year. Since installing a mini-pond just over two years ago, there had been no significant increase in the number of sightings, except for the mass emergence of more than seventy Large Red Damselflies in May and June this year. Any damselfly or dragonfly sighting is, therefore, a source of considerable excitement in the Pegler household!
On this day, we were visited by a female Banded Demoiselle - the first time we have ever seen this species in the garden. It was on the ground near the pond when first spotted. We didn't see it go to the pond, but it may have been at the pond before we spotted it - we can only hope!
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (female) - garden on 4th July, 2022|
| Nymphoides peltata - garden on 4th July, 2022|
We had another damselfly visit this day. This time it was a female Common Blue Damselfly. It was spotted on the edge of the bird bath. This appears to be a teneral female, so not much chance of it having oviposited in the mini-pond!
|Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) (teneral female) - garden on 8th July, 2022|
A Comma butterfly visited the garden and demonstrated exactly how it got its scientific name.
|Comma (Polygonia c-album) - garden on 9th July, 2022|
Monday, 11th July
We have done quite well with breeding birds in the garden this year. Juvenile Robins never fail to delight us - they seem to behave like adults from birth!
|Robin (Erithacus rubecula) (juvenile) - garden on 11th July, 2022|
This was a red-letter day, in that we had two odonata species visit the garden - the first time that we have witnessed more than one visit in a day.
First to arrive was an immaculate immature Migrant Hawker. It hung around (literally!) for a few hours.
|Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) (immature male) - garden on 23rd July, 2022|
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (female) - garden on 23rd July, 2022|
|Comma (Polygonia c-album) - garden on 23rd July, 2022|
|Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) (male) - garden on 23rd July, 2022|
Every summer we get good number of the tiny moth, Pyrausta aurata, in the garden. These are so diminutive, with a wingspan of 15-18mm, that it is easy to overlook them as flies. They are often referred to as 'mint moths' and, indeed, they do seem to like hanging around the garden mint.
|Pyrausta aurata - garden on 23rg July, 2022|
Monday, 25th July
This rather beautiful moth landed on our kitchen window. It's a micro-moth without a common name.
|Anania coronata - garden on 25th July, 2022|
It had been many months since we last saw a woodpecker in our garden so we were thrilled when a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker visited this day, and returned several times during the day.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) (juvenile) - garden on 26th July, 2022|
|Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) - garden on 26th July, 2022|
I find the Yellow Tail to be particularly attractive with its fluffy head and legs.
|Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis) - from garden moth trap on 26th July, 2022|
|Small Magpie (Anania hortulata) - from garden moth trap on 26th July, 2022|
|Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata) (female) - from garden moth trap on 26th July, 2022 |
|Dusky Thorn (Ennomos fuscantaria) - from garden moth trap on 26th July, 2022|