New arrival at Gribin Isaf
Quickly at home in his temporary quarters
Happy to receive visitors
But some quick construction
to give him a bit more…
Not just one
Male Broad-bodied Chasers competing for our territory. Having two is a first for us this year.
Meanwhile, apart from the Ringlets
who have been around in numbers on sunny days
other butterflies such as the Red Admiral
and Painted Lady
have only been here as individuals.
Some other small residents:
Today was the first hot sunny day in the life of this juvenile Robin and he took full advantage of it
Meadow Browns arrived in the Meadow for the first time this year
And while the damsel flies have been around for some time
the Broad-bodied Chaser also made its first appearance of the year
as for us and the bees
no time for basking.
We only need the windscreen test to know what is happening to insect life.
A recent analysis published in Biological Conservation reported “The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.”
So we don’t take for granted the smaller occupants of our plot
Who knows what lives in the depths of the ponds, from where bubbles mysteriously rise
On the surface, where waterboatmen row by
there is evidence of metamorphosis
Above fly a variety of damselflies
One we have not seen before:
The spider that chooses this spot
can ensnare a colourful meal