Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Last Week In Our Garden

Its been a busy week for visitors to our garden, here in Turkey.  The ugliest critter to visit was this Robber Fly.


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Upon opening the curtains one morning our window was being used as a resting place for this Dingy Skipper, it is a butterfly but looks a lot like a moth because of its colouring.  I like it when they land on the window as you get to photograph the underside as well.


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We have two Lantana bushes in our garden which are brilliant for attracting butterflies and pollen collecting insects, at the moment they are full of flowers and make a beautiful display.

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Our Aloe plant has been putting on a lovely display for the last few weeks, but they are now nearly over, but the flower heads still make an interesting photo.

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Here is one of the many busy bees collecting pollen. 

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One of the most popular butterflies on our Lantana at the moment is the Meadow Brown Butterfly.  This first one is a male, you can tell the male because unusually in nature they are not as colourful as the female and their eyespots, found towards the tips of their wings, are smaller.


The next two photos show the female Meadow Brown Butterfly as you can see the orange colour is much richer and the eyespot is larger and more defined.


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One popular fruit to be found in Turkey this time of year is the Erik (plum), the Turkish love eating them before they are ripe and whilst they are quite hard, which is an acquired taste.  We are fortunate to have a tree in our garden, so we are able to enjoy them when they are ripe.  I do also use some of them just before they are ripe to make chutney, really good with curry.

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The Cabbage White Butterfly are also a common sight, to vegetable growers they are quite a pest as they love laying there eggs on cabbages, broccoli etc, so you can quite easily lose a crop, but they are still an attractive butterfly, especially if you catch the light right.


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Our Oriental Plane is full of fingery leaves and create some lovely photo opportunities with the sunshine.



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This ugly looking critter is a Red Banded Sand Wasp.

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And lastly a strangely cute, furry little Bee Fly, that was quite happy to pose for his photo on the end of my husbands finger.


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