Autumn Garden Macro

Still flowers on the Clematis

Lichen on the silver birch

It is often damp here, one tonne of propane…

We have loads of these pink flowers which we rescued and replanted..

small puddle in the arms of the beech

Don’t you just want to pop them like bubblewrap?

look at my wings…we are ready for our annual daddy long legs invasion

This shiny chap is about 1 cm across.

Maple leaf on bitumen…there will be loads of these!!

Spiders in the wood store…

Print of Bakula Rinpoche thangka on my current gardening shirt…I am getting the last few wears out of my tatty old t-shirts before binning them.

Le Paon-du-jour

Peacock Butterfly…

Le Paon-du-jour (Aglais io) est une espèce de lépidoptères de la famille des Nymphalidae, de la sous-famille des Nymphalinae et de la tribu des Nymphalini.


Le nom du genre Aglais signifie « beauté », « splendeur » en grec. Dans la mythologie grecque, Aglaé est l’une des trois Grâces.

L’épithète spécifique io fait référence à Io, qui est la fille d’Inachos, nom dont provient Inachis, le nom de l’ancien genre de cette espèce.

This specimen is just outside the veranda

Hummingbird Hawk-moth?

These are all at 1/125 second shutter and “iso 200”

Very hummingbird like!!

The hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of hawk moth found across temperate regions of Eurasia. The species is named for its similarity to hummingbirds, as they feed on the nectar of tube-shaped flowers using their long proboscis while hovering in the air; this resemblance is an example of convergent evolution.

The hummingbird hawk-moth was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. As of 2018, its entire genome and mitogenome have been sequenced


The hummingbird hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but it breeds mainly in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east). Three generations are produced in a year in Spain.

It is a strong flier, dispersing widely in the summer. However it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes (e.g. north of the Alps in Europe, north of the Caucasus in Russia).

Moths in the genus Hemaris, also of the family Sphingidae, are known as “hummingbird moths” in the US, and “bee moths” in Europe.This sometimes causes confusion between this species and the North American genus.


Its long proboscis (25–28 mm (0.98–1.10 in)) and its hovering behavior, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. Like hummingbirds, it feeds on flowers which have tube-shaped corollae. It should not be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris, members of the same family and with similar appearance and behavior. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. M. stellatarum engages in free hovering flight, which allows more maneuverability and control than fixed-wing flight, despite high energetic cost. Like many large insects, it relies upon Johnston’s organs for body positioning information

check out my groovy proboscis…