Chris and Christine on the east side have witnessed a cloud of tadpoles metamorphose into an army of pea-sized yet perfectly formed frogs in a small pond between spring and summer this year.
A pristine Red Admiral spotted early August at an east side plot. Buddlia in full bloom attracting various butterfly species to my plot—Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Comma and Cabbage Whites all at large. Nicola east side
Spotted in early August on an east side plot. I counted nine of these on a neighbour's lavendar patch the same day, beautiful but flighty. Nicola, east side
From plot holder Esme: a picture of what I think is a yellow underwing moth caterpillar (though not certain)—spotted 13th May, east side—I think they do potentially eat various veg, but also dandelions and other 'weeds'! Find out more about the lesser yellow underwing moth (Noctua comes) here.
It seems it's a big year for aphid-munching ladybirds. This one courtesy of plot holder Chris, May 2019.
Spotted a.m. April 12th 2019 by east side plotholder NS. Possibly a smooth newt? Newts are tricky to identify--find out more in our pest or guest newt feature.
Coccinella septempunctata, seven-spot ladybird, I have seen a few of these around the plot over the past couple of weeks on sunny days—NM West side plot, March 31 2019.
A comma butterfly and hoverfly on redcurrents from Christine on the east side - picture taken late spring 2018