Yellowhammers singing, Little Owl calling, Buzzards mewing, Red-legged Partridges being fat and stupid etc. Plus a fair bit of insect activity in what was a warm sunny spell between heavy showers.
I found a few larvae, although actually these were right at the top of lane by the last houses. I found a big lettuce of some sort, and there were plenty of small larvae on it.
Big lettuce (Prickly?) - I'm going to keep my eye on it and hope someone doesn't 'tidy up'.
A small group of larvae (at least ten times this lot) - surely Small Ranunculus?
I'll try and collect a few to rear once they are bigger - shouldn't be too long.
Also a handful of Cinnabar on a few straggly ragworts near to the lettuce.
The other larva was more of a surprise and a lot more funky, found whilst wildly bashing some elm hedgerow with my net.
Comma - the first time I've knowingly seen the larva
There were a fair few common butterflies on the wing too, though not many sat still for long enough to grab a shot ......
Damaged Red Admiral
Strangely similarly but differently damaged Red Admiral on typical resting substrate
And there were plenty of hovers on the thistles and ragwort .... including two of these beauties ..
Meanwhile, the garden banana has been taken down. I had x2 Copper Underwing agg. on it on Thursday night, but by Friday it was looking a bit manky and with the cooler/wetter spell it was time to take it down. But there will be another when the conditions suit! So in lieu of banana-action, here's a shot of our resident git prowling the fence.
Benny, with a face that say 'Move!'