I have been having more fun with my macro lens, and thought I would share the pics. There are quite a lot of marvellous minibeasts here, which I’m hoping nature-types can help me identify. I have to say that having this lens is adding to my enjoyment of the garden. I was aware of the buzzy and fluttery types of insects, and some of the bitey and itchy types, but there are quite a few shady characters who keep a low profile, who I have only become acquainted with this week.
This handsome chap was sitting on a raspberry leaf.
There’s no bug here, but seeing the world through a macro lens makes me reflect that plant structures look a lot like minibeasts. There is a lot of weird and wonderful stuff out there. These could be rubber-glove octopi with stingers.
Clematis too, look like probing creatures.
Then their probes open up, and it doesn’t look any less frightening.
Though they are furry from behind, which is friendlier.
The rate of growth from Clematis is such that if I stand still I might become ensnared.
Aquilegia seed-pods also have something of the alien life-form about them.
I have become acquainted with the term ‘Goth Gardening’ this week. It is the niche market of black flowers. ‘Dragon Heart’ has always been my most vampy flower, and here it is from two angles. First the side view, showing its eye-lashes.
And then from behind, showing its veins.
I like the contrast in colour between the chartreuse Alchemilla mollis flowers and the hot pink Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’ behind.
Now for a rose that I have been neglecting. The Bourbon rose, ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’. I planted her this winter, so she is as yet young, but I am growing her up a support in the rose garden. Here she is looking plush, with a stowaway.
The cinnabar moth is now known in our household as the ‘Alzheimer’s moth’. Apparently I have asked Stevie the name of the black-and-red moth three times now, having retained no memory from one inquiry to the next. I’ve seen a lot of these moths this year (I think). This one was looking a bit worse for wear, and you can’t see how striking the black and red markings are.
I am pleased with these next three photos. The borage I am growing in my cutting patch is proving to be as delectable as the Salvia, and so if I just stand there, I have three or four bees to choose from to photograph. This one was especially obliging.
And then a tiny hoverfly zoomed in. He stayed in exactly the same place, like a drone. Or rather, a drone is just like a hoverfly, but you know what I mean. Can you see him in the centre of this picture? The blue thing behind is a paddling pool. It always attracts butterflies and damselflies, so I am hoping I might manage to photograph one or two this week.
If I crop the photo, you can see him better.
Bit more? Look at his flying goggles!
I tried to get another moth, a tiny white and buff thing, but this is the best I could do this evening. It was resting on some grass. Is that an eye? Do moths have eyes?
Can you identify any of these minibeasts more accurately for me? I am going to try to build my knowledge of minibeasts, now that I can see them better!