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in the carrot family, such as parsley, from carrot root fly and those in the brassica family, including salad rocket, from flea beetle.
queen buff-tailed bumblebee, was examining the compost heap; I guess she was searching out a suitable hibernation site. Every now and then something else would buzz past: rosemary leaf beetles, green shieldbugs and ladybirds were all very active
in there. There are no skaters. They were usually the first insects to arrive and we used to have a squadron of them zooming over the surface. This bunch took advantage of a drowning spider. And there are no boatmen or beetles yet either. But Saturday saw
pests for one blog; if we start on lily beetles or capsid bugs then I'll only get depressed.
-invertebrates. There was no dead standing timber to offer fungoid growth for rot-feeding beetles. And it cast no appreciable shade for the benefit of the children.On the other hand, the pond behind it was completely shaded and overshadowed. It was polluted by leaf and twig fall