Wednesday 18th July

On the usual morning walk Bob found 2 Garden Tiger moths together in the grass, see pic. It is the first time we have seen them alive, normally all that is found are the wings after being eaten, even when we have moth traps they have not been caught. They must be plentiful, going on the number of caterpillars found, which are one of the Cuckoo’s favourite.
In the afternoon there were quite a few Common Darter dragonflies but no sign yet of any Hawkers.
Over the long pond the swifts were catching plenty of insects, and have tried to take a good pic but it is very difficult, but I did notice that they seem to inflate the throat see pics.
Also took a pic of a fine specimen of Angelica, growing at the south end of the long pond

Bob and Bri