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Huzzah!! Our forget me nots are here again!! sooooo happy!! #forgetmenot #blue #wildflower #wildflowers wildflowergarden #wildlifegarden #wildlifegardening #garden #gardening #urbangarden #urbangardening

We’ve done a lot of things to make our garden as wildlife friendly as possible, and we’ve recently been rewarded by this awesome hedgehog visiting most nights! We’ve been leaving food and water out, as well as providing plenty of places for hedgehogs to rest or hide. 🦔
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#hedgehog #hedgehogs #hedgehogsofinstagram #wildhedgehog #europeanhedgehog #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nocturnal #nocturnalanimals #garden #gardening #wildlifegarden #wildlifegardening #nature #naturephotography

Mimicry at top-level!
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Today I had an amazing moment in the garden 🤩. First I saw an European hornet, which is the biggest wasp here in Europe and for me already a spectacular encounter. But then I saw an insect of which I didn't knew it existed... An European hornet mimicking Syrphid fly. The hornet mimic hoverfly (first view) did not mind me portraiting him, the real hornet (second view) on the other hand was really wary and flew off the moment he noticed my presence. I hope to get a better shot of him in the coming days😏. It was a real thrill to see those two striking insects together.

#hornetmimichoverfly #Volucellazonaria #stadsreus #syrphidae #zweefvlieg
#europeanhornet #vespacabro
#vespidae #mimicry #waspweek
#insect_world #insect_perfection #arthropod_perfection #insectsofinstagram #insects_of_our_world #insect_macro
#macro_vision #macroclique #kings_macro #macro_captures #closeup #huawei_pic #inmygarden #diaryofmygarden #wildlifegardening #insectfriendlygarden #lovefornature #natureisfantastic #bassevelde #meetjesland

Captivated by the eye-catching red of my 'Graham Thomas' honeysuckle berries. But shouldn't they appear in Autumn? A succulent berry buffet with no feathered customers 🤔.
#berries #honeysuckle #latesummer #autumn #birdfood #wildlifegarden #wildlifegardening

Not every sparrow is a house sparrow.... these are tree sparrows. Chestnut cap and cheek patches give it away..... #treesparrow #sparrow #bird #birdfeeder #willdlife #wildlifegardening

Inspired by our Minister for the Environment Therese Coffey posting on twitter about how she was about to break out the #roundup in her garden, on the blog today I've written a post With hot tips for #greengardening. #wildlifegarden #ecogarden#chemicalfreegardening #saynotoglyphosate #gardenforwildlife #wildlifegardening ps this is a #truebug, a #shieldbug found working the #cosmos in our #flowerstudio the other day. We are so green and hairy in our gardening that sometimes it's hard to find them #cutflowergarden through the #thistledown

Queen european hornet fanning the entrance to the nest in a bird box in the garden with her wings. Bird boxes are often adopted by all kinds of other wildlife #hornet #wildlife #biodiversity #wildlifegardening #nestbox

Bird’s foot trefoil growing in the Little Orchard meadow displaying the transition from orange to yellow that gives the plant the country name of ‘bacon and eggs’ ... #bird’sfoottrefoil #wildflower #meadow #notweeds #biodiversity #wildlifegardening

The only downside of clearing my plot is having to evict critters like this chap from their homes 😔 I really hope he finds a new spot to live, and maybe he'll come back to stay once I've put in the pond 🤞 #sorrymrtoad #wildlifegardening #wildlife #toad #allotmentlife #wildlifefriendlyallotment

Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas/ Boreal Toad/ Western Toad; I always have to look these up to remember which species-- the internet images show very similar (and some very different ) looking individuals between these and Canadian Toad-- but that sp should have cranial crests-- ridges between the eyes, which this toad does not. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it might be a female, since females travel farther away from breeding pools, though any of them can do some travelling (up to 900m in one study)-- from their hibernation spots to breeding pools, then out to summer territories, and some travel many metres daily-- up to 439 m!... and in another study, yearly travel up to 4km. In any case, I had a nice few minutes with this one, yesterday.
It was a smaller individual than we usually see, only maybe 3 inches/7.5cm long.. It moved when I was doing some weeding on the north side of a rock ridge in the Xeric Beds. I'd put out some water for the bees/wasps and sprayed the beds a little- mostly for the bugs, so when this person was moving toward the driest bed, I turned on the sprinkler just a little to give it a little moisture on a warm dry afternoon.. It seemed to move toward the water, and sat for a few minutes beside a rock that had a few drops splashing onto it-- I expect it was getting a nice mist from that.. after a while--probably because I was moving around, weeding, it moved on a little farther to shelter under a piece of wood.. August 14, 2018 #amphibians #anaxyrus #bufo #anaxyrusboreas #borealtoad #westerntoad #toad #wildlifephotography #animals #borealforest #mixedwoods #forestclearing #rockgarden #gardencompanions #gardenhelpers #wildlife #wildlifegardening #naturalgardening #nochemicalgardening #clearwatercounty #davidthompsoncountry #countryliving #centralalberta

Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas/ Boreal Toad/ Western Toad; I always have to look these up to remember which species-- the internet images show very similar (and some very different ) looking individuals between these and Canadian Toad-- but that sp should have cranial crests-- ridges between the eyes, which this toad does not. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it might be a female, since females travel farther away from breeding pools, though any of them can do some travelling (up to 900m in one study)-- from their hibernation spots to breeding pools, then out to summer territories, and some travel many metres daily-- up to 439 m!... and in another study, yearly travel up to 4km. In any case, I had a nice few minutes with this one, yesterday.
It was a smaller individual than we usually see, only maybe 3 inches/7.5cm long.. It moved when I was doing some weeding on the north side of a rock ridge in the Xeric Beds. I'd put out some water for the bees/wasps and sprayed the beds a little- mostly for the bugs, so when this person was moving toward the driest bed, I turned on the sprinkler just a little to give it a little moisture on a warm dry afternoon.. It seemed to move toward the water, and sat for a few minutes beside a rock that had a few drops splashing onto it-- I expect it was getting a nice mist from that.. after a while--probably because I was moving around, weeding, it moved on a little farther to shelter under a piece of wood.. August 14, 2018 #amphibians #anaxyrus #bufo #anaxyrusboreas #borealtoad #westerntoad #toad #wildlifephotography #animals #borealforest #mixedwoods #forestclearing #rockgarden #gardencompanions #gardenhelpers #wildlife #wildlifegardening #naturalgardening #nochemicalgardening #clearwatercounty #davidthompsoncountry #countryliving #centralalberta

Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas/ Boreal Toad/ Western Toad; I always have to look these up to remember which species-- the internet images show very similar (and some very different ) looking individuals between these and Canadian Toad-- but that sp should have cranial crests-- ridges between the eyes, which this toad does not. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it might be a female, since females travel farther away from breeding pools, though any of them can do some travelling (up to 900m in one study)-- from their hibernation spots to breeding pools, then out to summer territories, and some travel many metres daily-- up to 439 m!... and in another study, yearly travel up to 4km. In any case, I had a nice few minutes with this one, yesterday.
It was a smaller individual than we usually see, only maybe 3 inches/7.5cm long.. It moved when I was doing some weeding on the north side of a rock ridge in the Xeric Beds. I'd put out some water for the bees/wasps and sprayed the beds a little- mostly for the bugs, so when this person was moving toward the driest bed, I turned on the sprinkler just a little to give it a little moisture on a warm dry afternoon.. It seemed to move toward the water, and sat for a few minutes beside a rock that had a few drops splashing onto it-- I expect it was getting a nice mist from that.. after a while--probably because I was moving around, weeding, it moved on a little farther to shelter under a piece of wood.. August 14, 2018 #amphibians #anaxyrus #bufo #anaxyrusboreas #borealtoad #westerntoad #toad #wildlifephotography #animals #borealforest #mixedwoods #forestclearing #rockgarden #gardencompanions #gardenhelpers #wildlife #wildlifegardening #naturalgardening #nochemicalgardening #clearwatercounty #davidthompsoncountry #countryliving #centralalberta

Bumbling
There is something so restful in watching bees. These cherry red scabious really attract them and each bloom had at least one bee scurrying over it. The heat of the past weeks, where I have been mostly hiding indoors in a soggy heap, has meant that we have seemingly emerged in early autumn and somehow bypassed much of summer, so I am relishing these August days.

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