Whilst pottering I noticed an interesting looking caterpillar crawling over the plants below the Honeysuckle. I took a number of record shots and quickly went to check it out in a number of my butterfly/moth books. It turned out to be quite a result as it was a Scarlet Tiger moth larva. Interestingly we had an adult Scarlet Tiger fluttering around the garden for a few days last summer. The main food plant of the Scarlet Tiger moth larvae is Comfrey, of which we have none in our garden. They will however also feed on Honeysuckle and Nettle (both of which we have present)
Scarlet Tiger (Callimorpha Dominica) Larva
A while later Bev called me to let me know she had found another caterpillar crawling across the floor. This time I immediately knew what it was, a Ruby Tiger moth larva, a species I have recorded regularly at Shenstone. Amazing, two tiger moth larva in one day in the garden!
Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) Larva
Also observed whilst working out were a Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Common Plume moths and a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee.
Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla)
A Common Frog was seen with it's head sticking up out of the surface of the pond, so I decided to pop back out on the evening (when they tend to be more active) and check again by torchlight. This time I counted 10 Common Frogs in total (2 of which were mating), rounding off what had been a great day's wildlife in the garden