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Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:10

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 11:04

Thanks Robbie! Also very happy news... the caterpillars on the nettle patch in the park are all doing really well. Lovely lovely peacock caterpillars just about to pupate. Gorgeous things.

Fairygirl - it won't be peacocks and small tortoiseshells on your blackthorn. Off the top of my head I think a couple of hairstreaks feed on blackthorn... and lots of species of moth.


Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 16:27
Not the bordered gothic but the gothic...

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:32
Edd - I think there are a couple of native moths which have adapted to feed from buddleia; the mullein moth and gothic to name two.

Raddoll520 - it's not quite garden butterfly season yet, July and August are the key moths. if you cut your buddleia down in May it should flower in time for their late-summer emergence. But Edd's right, if you would like to see more butterflies, the best thing to do is grow nettles, which their caterpillars eat.

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 16:00

Hi all, happy to report that the swifts have now returned to Hackney! I heard screeching for the first time last night and then again this morning. Happy. Let's hope they have a good breeding year.

@galest - your swifts sound very like barn swallows!

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 15:56

Hi all, thanks for all your comments. The snails will have a job coming back - the wildlife area of the park is across two roads and a railway line.

Old Chippy - sorry to hear that so many people don't like your garden! I hope a nice gardener buys your house who will appreciate all your hard efforts.


Talkback: A new bee hotel

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 17:51
A Royal Mail bike would be perfect! I have to make that happen...

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:06

Hi all. What Chris Packham and his team are doing in Malta is absolutely amazing. I'm so grateful to them for bringing this to the mainstream media. If you would like to know more then visit his website You can also follow him on Twitter. Kate

Talkback: Bumblebee rescue

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 09:38

@KEF sorry to hear your bee didn't survive. I had another one last week that was so weak she just dropped her head into the sugar solution and couldn't lift it out. So I gently stroked her thorax (head) with the back of my finger. I think this must have inspired a defence reaction in her as she suddenly stuck out her proboscis and started drinking. She drank for an hour, and the next morning I set her free. Maybe the stroking was a coincidence but I will definitely try that again as I too have lost bumblebees that I've taken home but have been too weak to feed.


Talkback: Bee flies

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 09:31
Thanks @patzz!

@fidgetbones Gosh you're right... I'll never look at a bee-fly without thinking of dementors again...

@oldchippy I've seen a lot of insects this spring too. I think last year's warm weather ensured that there were a good number going into hibernation in autumn. And it seems the wet weather since then hasn't impacted much on numbers (that would be my guess). Bumblebee queens everywhere. Is lovely to see.

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Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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