|Common Swifts against a typical July sky|
Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) seemed to be everywhere, especially on the umbellifers and nettles but also on other plants including many on the masses of False Oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius).
|Common Red Soldier Beetle|
The first Upright Hedge Parsley (Torilis japonica)
With the poor weather which obviously has had a huge impact on the insects, this in turn has had a knock-on effect on plants needing pollinated and certainly the yield of the fruit in my garden is way down. I can also see this in the hedgerows with a limited number of fruit on things like Elder and Hawthorn.
|Elder - a poor crop|