Six on Saturday

We have had a few visitors this week in the garden. First the hawthorn shield bug. This I think is it’s final instar before it becomes a full adult.

Hawthorn shieldbug

Hawthorn shieldbug, final instar

The second visitor was a red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidararius). I very occasionally get red-tailed bees in my garden, though I see them elsewhere in Mayo. For some reason they don’t seem to like my garden. This chap is a rather worn and weathered male.

red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidararius)

Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidararius)

And yes the pumpkins are getting to pumpkin size. My children are already claiming theirs for Halloween! They have five to choose from. I have one decent sized squash and one little one.



We have plenty of autumn raspberries this year. If the weather stays mild we should be able to continue harvesting for a couple of weeks yet.



I just wanted to share this photo, I did mean to take the carder bee, but the hoverfly popped in too! Comfrey is still flowering and the bees love it.

Comfrey with bumble and hoverfly

Comfrey with bumble and hoverfly

I know I have shown this poppy before. It is always popular with pollinators. Here a hoverfly and a solitary bee are sharing the same flower. Pollinator season is nearly over so I have to get my fill in!


Poppy with pollinators


Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.



14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

  1. janesmudgeegarden

    I find it very difficult to capture insects in my photos: it must require more patience than I have. I think getting two in one photo is especially clever! The poppy photo is a beauty.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you. It was a pure fluke getting the hoverfly in the comfrey photo – didn’t even know I had it till I got photos off the camera!!

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  2. dust4y

    The detail is spectacular in every picture. What a fascinating pattern on the shieldbug. I can’t look at a bush, plant or. whatever now, without thinking of the myriad insects inside. So thank you..

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  3. Andrea Stephenson

    The hoverflies are crowding all the blooms they can find here. Coincidentally I saw my first hawthorn shield bug this week! I believe they’re quite common and I have seen other shield bugs, but this was a first for me.



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