Posted: 15/09/2016 at 09:52
Hi everyone - had a chaotic summer and not been able to check in to the forum for a long time.
Garden has looked passable all summer but have had huge losses probably due to having dug in manure all over in early Spring. Was from a specialist garden firm who provide great home-made products - but I'm thinking the only difference this year is I dug in this horse and other manure and things have gone a bit awry. The compost I used for pots this year was from a DIY store and hasn't been very good at all.
However - main event in the garden this year has been a massive - and I mean massive - influx of new bugs, beasties, insects, aphids. No plant has been pristine even for a week. It's been interesting from a macro photography viewpoint but it's been one ugly garden when you look closely at plants.
There have been a huge number of beasties I've never seen in this garden before and on looking up a little picture book - I seem to have beasties here in the north (Edinburgh) which the book says are not generally found here. Maybe global warming?
This thing I've photographed is new to this garden, but may be a very very common thing elsewhere. It's appeared this week and clings for hours on the Schizostylis. I'm not a good enough photographer to get a really sharp picture - it's a very very thin beastie and I couldn't get an all-round focus - especially in the breeze.
Can anyone tell me what it is? The wing span outstretched is about 2 cm.