My grandson had his first day of the school holidays today and spent it with me. At his request we took a picnic into Richmond Park.
A very hot and humid day with a great deal of cloud about - not very comfortable! Whilst we were enjoying our lunch, a very young puppy - called Freda - came bounding over (who calls a dog Freda!?). The downside of this being that Freda trampled all over our lunch - which we then couldn't eat!; fortunately we had finished the majority of it!!
The owner merely grabbed the puppy and advised us "that it wasn't trained yet as it was too young" - in that case, why on earth did they let it run off on its own then!! I'm of the party that strongly advises that owners of the dogs should be trained - and preferably before they own a dog! Words fail me at times.
With that we walked a bit then headed back to the car and kiosk where we enjoyed ice creams - which partly made up for our ruined lunch. Hey ho - 'tis life!
It was mostly an insect day today - bees, moths, butterflies and other flying beasties were everywhere - great stuff!
But it makes be realise that I need to gen up on IDing most of them.
(Many thanks to Cheryl and Lynmiranda for help with IDs. )
This one plant of Ragwort played host to most of my "finds"
1. Small Copper
2. Small Skipper
3. I believe this is a Meadow Brown?
And now (3a) on the left - I'd like to think Gatekeeper but..
and (3b) on the right - Meadow Brown
4. The caterpillar of a Cinnabar Moth
pretty certain about this one!
5. OK on this one too - Six-spot Burnet (Moth)
Now these I CAN manage:
Two of three cygnets..
Coot and Black-headed Gull - not on speaking terms obviously!
and a Fallow Buck - they're so pretty at this time of the year especially!