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Wildlife in the Garden: Butterflies

This is the same butterfly in the feature image, with the glorious blue (blurry!) wings.

This is the same butterfly seen in the feature image, with the glorious blue (blurry!) wings.

What more lovely wildife in a garden than butterflies?

Butterfly

Butterflies

Butterfly

Butterfly

Giving Monarch butterflies a helping hand

Habitat loss is threatening North America’s Monarch butterfly population. Many people have begun growing butterfly-friendly plants to provide food and shelter for these insects as they make their way on migration from Mexico in winter to the US and Canada in spring. My parents have milkweed plants in their garden in south Texas, where the butterflies will stop, eat, lay eggs and hatch. We have found chrysalises hanging under lawn chairs, tucked under wall siding and attached to the shed. I was lucky enough to capture one hatching. How beautiful is that transparent green chrysalis with the golden dots?


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Wildlife in the Garden: Squirrel in London

Squirrel in rose pot. He looks soooo guilty!

Squirrel in rose pot. He looks soooo guilty!

For March, Jude is looking for wildlife in the garden. These photos from when I lived in London (circa 2005 in this case) are pretty rubbish quality, but you can see the furry little devil in action. (This patio and the pot of mini yellow roses also appears in this post.) This squirrel and I had ongoing battles marked by offensive and counter-offensive. For example, I set up a feeder for the birds, which he promptly began to climb …

You have to admire his determination.

You have to admire his determination.

… until I added a homemade anti-squirrel device. Try as he might, he could not climb around that cone!

This is the pole after I added my nifty DIY squirrel defence.

This is the pole after I added my nifty DIY squirrel defence.


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