Thursday, 29 July 2010

Who Loves Lavender?

Well, just about every long tongued flying insect around in mid-summer.

Painted Lady butterfly
Vanessa cardui
La Belle-Dame

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Macroglossum stellatarum
Le Moro sphinx

White Tailed or Buff Tailed Bumblebee
Bombus lucorum / terrestris
Le Bourdon des bois ou terrestre

Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth
Hemaris fuciformis
Le Sphinx gazé

A Wool Carder Bee
Anthidium sp
Un anthidie

Scarce Swallowtail butterfly
Iphiclides podalirius
Le Flambé

Susan

11 comments:

ladybird said...

Susan, Those photos are fabulous! Were they taken in your orchard/garden?

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wonderful photos. My lavender looks much the same covered with all sorts of insects. Diane

Sheila said...

Wonderful post,Susan. Particularly
liked the Bee Hawkmoth. Rather
like a cartoon figure.

Jean said...

Lovely photos.

Susan said...

Martine: No, all these were taken either at Montpoupon or la Corroirie.

Sheila: I know what you mean :-)

Tim said...

Nice to see a Painted Lady.... I h'aint seen one yet!

GaynorB said...

Thank you for this post and guess what? this morning we saw two of the swallow tailed butterflies in our garden at Le Petit-Pressigny. If I hadn't read your post, I wouldn't have been able to identify them!

Katarina said...

Very nice, indeed. My lavender is dead (second year in a row), but there is something liking my 'sauge ananas'.
Do you have an idea what it can be? It's eating all my leaves :(

Susan said...

Gaynor: Glad to have been of help :-)

Katarina: Your Pineapple Sage muncher is a bush cricket. I've lost the small lavender plants I put in the garden and the potager, but the ones in pots on the front court thrive. I can't work it out.

Susan said...

PS Tim: They are around, but not in such great numbers as last year.

Tim said...

Ahha! That might explain it. Had both the Silver-washed and Queen of Spain Frits on the Buddleia this afternoon.... along with Broad Bordered Bee and Hummmmmming Bird Hawkmoths... the BBB flew past me and the noise from the wings was incredibubbly loud for such a small creature.