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June flowers, bees, butterfliesand an exotic visitor

Date posted: Tuesday 4th June 2019

June flowers, bees, butterfliesand an exotic visitor

Swifts screaming and soaring high overhead, flowers, beans, squash, courgettes all blooming, butterflies fluttering, bees buzzing in the nepeta – June’s bustin’ out all over! After an April and May almost devoid of rain, apart from 2 or 3 days and with some extremely hot dayys, it’s at last raining again today. Currently, top plants for all bee varieties as observed on plots and voted by footfall seem to be: catmint; alliums; cornflowers; lavender; eryngium; phacelia; foxgloves (prolific this year!); snapdragons; scabious and all the usual favourite cottage garden perennials…

Cinnabar moths have been flying around by the wall at the back of my plot, such a fabulous crimson flash of colour! Peacock butterflies, holly blues and red admirals now frequent visitors. The water tank continues to host many honey bees drinking from the blanket weed dragged out onto the side, with a white tailed bumble joining them yesterday.

One of our beekeepers has just brought a new ‘nuke’ to his hive in the beehive area – he also went to Twickenham yesterday to collect a swarm that had been found in a compost bin in the garden of one my Teddington choir members – a fortuitous link up! This new swarm may be partly managed by my partner who’s currently doing a bee-keeping course, mentored by our qualified bee-keeper, of course!

Arriving home from the allotment on Saturday I was astonished to find this exotic visitor by the front door, probably recently emerged from it’s chrysalis stage in the silver birch trees by the door! I posted on the London Natural History Society Facebook page for ID, as we couldn’t find it in Collins Guide to Insects – it was instantly identified as a lime hawk moth – ‘the quintessence of cool’ as one member said!