While sitting in the garden a couple of mornings ago, enjoying the sun and a cup of coffee, I noticed a Large White butterfly paying a lot of attention to a plant I know as 'money plant' or 'silver dollars' (lunaria annua).
After flitting around for about five minutes the butterfly disappeared under one of the leaves. After a further fifteen minutes or so the butterfly flew away and eventually curiosity got the better of me and I went to have a look, on turning over the leaves this is what I found.
41 pristine new eggs.
Now, with my shutter finger itching, I decided to go on safari to see what I could find......
|14 Spot Ladybird - propylea 14-punctata|
|Bluebottle - calliphora erythrocephala|
|Flesh-Fly - sarcophaga carnaria|
|Greenbottle - lucilia caesar|
|Lesser House-Fly - fannia canicularis|
|myathropa florae - a wasp mimic|
|Garden Spider - araneus diadematus With breakfast, lunch and dinner!|
|pisaura mirabilis a female hunting spider with an egg sack secured in her mouthparts.|
And after operations were curtailed by a brief tropical storm! (well, I was on safari!) this Common Frog - rana temporaria came hopping across the patio.
So, not a bad 'bag' for a 22ft. x 22ft. urban garden.