We’re six weeks in to our Garden Safari, and Jan’s note taking is starting to branch out. Not satisfied with with simply maintaining a list of species that we identify, I see her notebook is already starting to breed sections.
This one is of insects seen on a particular plant – the Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus). We have a big, sprawling plant which is covered with aphids and we guess the other insects are slurping up the honeydew.
Over a few days at the end of April and beginning of May this one plant hosted (that we noticed):
Lasius niger – Black Garden Ant
Osmia bicornis – Red Mason Bee
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Calliphora vicina – Blue Bottlefly
Musca domestica – House Fly
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Fly
Harmonia axyridis – Harlequin ladybird Ladybirds
Cornu aspersum – Garden Snail
Microchrysa polita – Black-horned Gem
WASPS AND ALLIES
Porcellio scaber – Common Rough Woodlouse
By the end of May 2020 we had identified just over 400 species in our garden safari, excluding plants, birds and mammals.