The Ending of May

Well, May has rushed to a close – the month seemed to go very quickly and now it’s already June! So what have I seen in the village in these last few May days?

I saw my first Dog Rose this week, followed by my 2nd later in the week. The first one seems to have lost a petal but I took a picture anyway, as it was the first one I saw.

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The Elm tree has gone from leaves gradually taking over from flowers/seeds, to it being all leaves, with the seeds falling like confetti!

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The climbing roses in the hedge of my garden have come into flower now and are looking beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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The chives by the village pond are in flower too:


I saw my first (and 2nd) Snipe Fly in the garden this week. I didn’t know what they were at first, but with a bit of googling I worked it out. They’re interesting looking flies and I rather like them, so expect more! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I saw this tiny little caterpillar in the garden. I haven’t yet figured out what it is, so any guesses at ID are welcome.


Following on from a previous post featuring (among other things) Ladybirds ‘getting it on’, we now have some Ladybird larvae appearing in the garden.


Other news in the garden is that one of my wildflowers is flowering – I believe it is a Black Mustard


There are a lot of Red Clovers all blooming nicely:


The Buttercups are still going strong making a beautiful sight in the fields down the road:


Another addition to the yellow is the Hawksweed, doing a good impression of a Dandelion:


We were excited to spot a couple of Flower Beetles – specifically Thick-Legged Flower Beeetles. You can see from the first photo where they got their name! The first one is the male and the second photo is a female.



At the village pond we were lucky enough to see another Broad-Bodied Chaser dragonfly. It could even be the one from our garden, now with it’s adult colours. If you remember me posting about the dragonfly in the garden, you’ll remember that I said it was a female. Turned out it wasn’t, but it was a juvenile male and they look the same as females until they develop their adult colouring. So this one could, maybe, be ours, but who knows!


Finally I was pleased I managed to grab this quick shot when we spotted an Azure Damselfly flying around the pond – I had to quickly point, change settings, shoot, and fortunately caught her brief moment of stillness, presumably laying some eggs in the pond ๐Ÿ™‚


The fledgling Great Tits I posted about the other day are definitely not ‘ours’ as the parents are still very busy swooping backwards and forwards to feed them. I can watch them from the kitchen window whooshing back and forth. It looks like an exhausting time for them constantly searching for food and rushing back to deliver it.

Right that is a massive post so I’ll shut up now! ๐Ÿ™‚

By Suzy Shipman

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  1. Some great Summery shots there Suzy! Not sure what your caterpillar is but I would guess possibly it might be one of the micro-moths. The food plant can often be a clue too.
    I love seeing dragonflies and damselflies. We don’t see the Chasers near us, we see different ones – but they’re all amazing … and so primeval. Our boys have always loved catching the dragonfly larvae when we go pond-dipping – they really are monsters ๐Ÿ™‚


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