Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A long wet spring

Rain, rain and more rain and cold temperatures. Everything is 3 weeks behind. There are fewer bumblebees than normal. The pieris japonica had few pollinators when it was blooming. 

Herb Robert is everywhere, not a native but pollinators do like it.

Bluebells are also not natives and are quite invasive but we let them be.

This year's baby spider nursery was on the compost bin. This created a dilemma: don't put out the bin for collection until the spiderlings move on or try to move them. I opted to move them. They scattered away from their new place, so I won't do that again.

Identifying bugs is hard. The pictures in books  and the internet are sometimes close but rarely an exact match. This might be a kind of wasp.

I feel fairly confident in declaring this a dandelion.

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