Gallery of photos - Wildlife

Bumble Bee collecting pollen from a flower:

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Bumble Bee (744)

Butterfly - Red Admiral:

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Butterfly (744)

Dragonfly near the ponds:

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Dragonfly (744)

Frog on a lily pad (left) and a damselfly drying itself having just shed it's old exoskeleton (right) near the ponds:

Frog on a lily pad and damselfly (744)

Moths:

Eyed Hawk Moth:

Eyed Hawk Moth (744)

Female Ghost Moth (left) and the Coxcombe Prominent Moth (right):

Female Ghost Moth (left) and Coxcombe Prominent Moth (right) (744)

Scarce Bordered-Straw Moth (left) and Peach Blossom Moth (right)

Scarce Bordered-Straw Moth (left) and Peach Blossom Moth (right)

Blairs Mocha Moth (left) and Light Emerald Moth (right)

Blairs Mocha Moth (left) and Light Emerald Moth (right)

See also: Moth Surveys

Robin:

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Robin (744)

Spider - wasp spider:

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Spider (744)

Spider's web with a garden spider:

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Spiders web (744)

Stag Beetle:

The team at Highdown Gardens got quite the surprise when they found this snappy chappy in the undergrowth ...

The male stag beetle was spotted by Highdown's apprentice Shaun Blower.

Although once common in southern England, the numbers of insects have declined in recent years and it is now on the endangered list.

The exotic creature will have spent about six or seven years underground, growing from a larva by feeding on rotten wood.

Now hatched, it will spend the next few weeks looking for a partner before his short life cycle ends at the end of the summer.

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Stag Beetle 1 (744)

Highdown Gardens Wildlife - Stag Beetle 2 (744)

Caterpillars - Copyright Steve Speller

Caterpillars - Copyright Steve Speller

Caterpillars (2) - Copyright Steve Speller

 

See also photos of SpringSummerAutumn and Winter.

See also Moth Survey.

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