|Male Holly Blue fluttering in the bushes near the tent|
|Marbled Newt (from central Europe)|
|Gorgeous male slow-worm, with whom I have fallen in love|
|He was a star all day, allowing so many people to hold him and never losing his temper once.|
|We started the day with three, but someone took one- can you believe it?|
We had a Cleo crisis last night when I got back. I went in to check her and she'd got confused about where she was and had crawled among the bags of dog and bird food and was clinging on to them for dear life. Three nights ago she crawled into a cupboard at the back of her room and got herself wedged among the pipes that supply the washing machine. M had to extricate her because I took one look and suddenly felt sick and faint. Cleo is the only person who brings this out in me- I can deal with blood, wounds, injuries, unwell people and animals, but when Cleo is hurt, or looks to be, I go to pieces. Luckily, M was able to get her out safely and in one piece but even he said he thought we might have to saw through the pipes to free her. She was very wobbly afterwards and couldn't stand up for a while, but she started purring while I stroked her and did get up and was moving OK.
I thought after that that we'd made the room safe for her, but obviously not. So, L and I spent an hour blocking every single hole we could find in her room, taped up the cat flap and generally tried to ensure there was no where she could crawl into and become disorientated or get stuck in. I am finding this aspect of her blindness the most upsetting- I hate seeing her so vulnerable and ending up in the wrong place because she can't see where she is. It is very distressing.
Once we had settled Cleo and made her comfortable, I put the moth box out in the garden. There were masses of mothy folk flitting about because it was so warm, and this morning when I checked we had ninety-five moths in the box along with several outside. Some of them were only there in the form of wings, meaning the birds had got there before me :-(. There were over 20 new species, some new for the garden as well as the year. This takes the total of new species for 2014 up to seventy seven.
|Alder moth (a reasonable rarity round here and the first time I've seen one)|
|The Darkly Handsome Cinnabar|
|Poplar Hawk pretending to be a Buffalo|
|Poplar Hawk helping me write|
|Poplar Hawk showing off how big he is|
|Silver Ground Carpet|
|A Wasp, who was upsetting all the moths in the box...|
|The Very Beautiful White Ermine|
I hope you've all had a relaxing weekend,