The heatwave has ended! On Friday, after the hottest week of the year and over a month without rain, the sky darkened, and started to flash in the south west. We went outside hoping the storm would reach us soon. Then five bats – usually we get one or two at a time – started to frantically zoom around the garden, coming very close to us, chasing each other and going round in circles. There was thunder, then strong winds, and at last, rain! It was a proper deluge and such a relief. We stood and got rained on for a while, then came inside to watch it. It rained all night. Saturday was dry, and now it’s raining a bit again – this is our porch today.
Last week, before it got too hot to be outside much, Brian saw two big and beautiful types of caterpillar.
This is the Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, the sub-species which only lives in the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads of the UK. They only feed on milk parsley.
Then, the next day, this was found underneath the wooden bridge over our ditch which he was dismantling due to rot.
We knew it was a hawk moth caterpillar, but there are a couple with blue spikes so it needed a bit of looking into. We found out it’s an eyed hawk-moth – if we ever see the adult moth that will be very exciting as they look like this.
We also had this Forest Bug, which we hope means our garden is like a forest.
And this capsid bug looking for aphids on the fleabane. Its name is Deraeocoris Ruber.
These clouds appeared one night last week – we’d never seen such a regular pattern covering the whole sky.
They are altocumulus floccus – cotton wool clouds.
Clouds also stopped us seeing the lunar eclipse on Friday night, but since they gave us the storm and rain, we didn’t mind. It’s nowhere near enough rain yet – we need a few solid days of heavy rain for it to have any effect on plants and soil – but it is lovely to see something coming out of the sky at last and we’ll be going out for a walk in it very soon!
Michele Forbes – Ghost Moth
Philip Hoare – Risingtidefallingstar
Sebastian Barry – Days Without End
Nick Baker – Re-Wild
Patty Griffin – There Isn’t One Way
Christine & The Queens – Doesn’t Matter
Thomas Dolby – Cloudburst at Shingle Street