In the 5 months I've been doing the garden moth challenge in my garden in Potton, I've managed to scrape together around 60 species of butterfly and moth. In two days here my total rapidly grew to 45, if the weather had stayed good I might well have overtaken my English tally.
|Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth|
"It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us"
and here it was in all it's splendour. On one leaf a strangely shaped treehopper, on the next a bizarrely camouflaged assassin bug. Two feet further down a female Andrena florea had somehow discovered a tiny vine of white bryony to feed upon, watched by an audience of orange and black bugs which wouldn't have looked out of place in a tropical rainforest.
|A strange looking Treehopper|
|The Assassin Bug Phymata crassipes|
|The brightly marked Capsodes flavomarginatus|