Now another disaster has struck - the seat on the garden bench has disintegrated!...Total , total calamity.
If we sit on the good side (how long will that survive?) our kit and notebooks etc are on the bad bandaged lefthand side so not easy for a quick grap should a wandering wonder from the earlier paragraph actually put in an appearance. Now that National Insect week has finished we've started to get some good insect action! Half a Blue Tailed Damselfly has been found on one of the Lily leaves.
But is the Pond Skater guilty, has he left that wing at the scene of the crime and is backing away surreptitiously or is he the detective coming to investigate?
Whilst watching this Syrrphid hoverfly (Marmalade Fly?) sun bathing we noticed behind him was the first of this year's Poecilobothrus nobilitatus is doing his dance on the Lily padsThe males have the longer white tipped wings - all important in that wing buzzing display dance they do. The females are more normally proportioned and obviously lack the white tips.