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love the pictures of the baby doves.. i had a pair that nested nearby for years but lost the male one last year to a damn cat.. do not have them in much now. the lastof the baby seagulls is reluctant to go and is getting quite vocal with the parents when it wants some food.. we have had something else nesting again too as have had lots of small white egg shells dropped around the front garden about the size of a small chicken egg.. any ideas what is is? the starling have had second brood and they are very nosey again.. the first lot have almost got their adult feathers now.

will try and add some pictures soon.. not had time to take any have had family staying and that has been exhausting.

The Doctor


 Pheasants and partridge are regulars in our garden along with rabbits and a feral cat

hollie hock

Hi Rain, thanks for the link, as soon as I saw it I wondered if it could be this Harlequin that I've heard about.

Earlier this evening noticed a moth? and what looked like another which had built some sort of cocoon. It's been a long time since since I've thought of life cycle of moth/butterfly





Does anyone what this is called? I like to put a name to what I see



It's Black Arches 'Lymantria monacha' one of the Tussocks species of moth.


hollie hock

Thanks Gracie, the cocoon thing is still there.


It looks like the cocoon of the Black Arches, so newly emerged and a lucky find, unless of course there is another one in there!!  Moths can be as pretty as a butterfly.  

hollie hock

Hi Gracie, at the risk of appearing very silly

are you saying that the moth had just come out of the cocoon? - I did say it had been a long time.........

Took this  yesterday when the sun was out. 


I've seen so many insects on this plant- even seen peacocks on it and now this one. I haven't seen these butterflies  for years

I inherited the plant, and did say that it would be gone by next year but now it's going to stay.  I will just have to keep it under control



Yes, I would say that is the chrysalis of your moth. How lucky you are to have a Tortoiseshell, I haven't had one in my garden, London area, for years! What is the flower it's on?


 It's a bit blurry 'cos the wind was blowing the fennel about a bit, but this wonderful hornet visited my garden today - it was buzzing as loud as a small aeroplane 

hollie hock

Gracie-This plant seems to be an insect magnet- Just the thing that I've been looking for................ as it turms out, had it all along.

Have to confess, my memory of butterflies isn't as good as it used to be so thanks for the id of the butterfly. I thought it might have been a red admiral but a Tortoisehell, it makes sense.



hollie hock

Dove-  really nice picture, it has lovely colours


@dovefromabove.. that is the one i had in my garden.. it is a european one i believe after looking it up. it told me they eat bumble bees!!!


Great photos everyone  I had a Hornet in my greenhouse a couple of years ago - frightened the life out of me

My photo is of a baby Shield Bug on a Marguerite flower

Pam x

hollie hock

Sweet picture Pam

Gracie- I think it's a type of buphtalmun looks very similar to a pic that Gary Hobson posted , so am guessing it's that. Tbh I thought it was weed, I just left it this year to fill a gap so very pleased that it has so many insects attracted to it.


Gary Hobson
Hollie- Hock wrote (see)

.. I think it's a type of buphtalmun looks very similar to a pic that Gary Hobson posted , so am guessing it's that. ...

Buphthalmum is a large plant, with large distinctive leaves. The flowers on mine are almost over now. You can see the leaves here, and also lots of dead brown flowerheads at the very top of the photo...

In the background of your butterfly photo there are some more yellow flowers. Those leaves look more like rudbeckias, or perhaps those are a different plant.


We've had a Humming Bird Hawk Moth come by every day and I've finally managed a couple of photos.  Not brilliant but they don't stay still long enough to catch them....





OMG !!!! Robot, what magnificent pictures

Gary Hobson

... quite remarkable photos.


Thanks for the ID on the flower the Tortoiseshell is on, I did wonder if it was one of the Rudbeckia's.

Robot, that is a fabulous picture of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth, they are almost impossible to get a good picture of as they rarely stay long enough on a flower and are constantly on the move.