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Russell Tilling


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Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:23
I have left a strip of grass and a nettle corner to grow, mow the lawn only occasionally, and have planted lots of caterpiller, nectar, and bee plants (www.bringbackthebutterflies.org.uk).
I now have:-
(Butterflies) Gatekeepers, Skippers, Peacocks, Whites, Holly Blue, Brimstones, Red Admirals, (moths) Burnet, Vapourer, Green Carpet, Apple, Silver Y moth as well as a frog, grasshoppers, etc.
It's well worth having the garden look a little scruffy!
I will also reduce feeding the birds as I reckon that artificially distorts the population which will eat more caterpillars...

Talkback: Plume moths

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:06
I love white plume moths. Unfortunately I think it's a higher priority to get rid of field bindweed which they use so I've carefully dug most of it out and only have a few left to do.

Talkback: Speckled wood butterflies

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:24
Very interesting! I had noticed that Brimstones have six and Speckled Woods four.

Talkback: Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:13
Re gardening grannies point about looking after butterflies (& I take it insects generally) as well as birds.
I am thinking that feeding birds all year round will encourage a larger population of birds than my - and my neighbours' - gardens will naturally support. This larger population will also impact insects and caterpillars more by feeding on them!
Therefore I'm considering reducing or stopping feeding the birds - in the summer at least - so they don't overbreed and eat all the caterpillars, etc!
I have plenty of grasses with seed as well as any in the feeders
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Talkback: Speckled wood butterflies

Very interesting! I had noticed that Brimstones have six and Speckled Woods four. 
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