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Moles have rudimentery eyes longish pink snouts, short dense fur which is black/charcoal, very short pink legs and a tiny pink tail, they are longer and flatter and their front feet are splayed out for digging. It has reminded me of the song I remember from my childhood. I Am Mole And I Live In A Hole.
Janice a bit off topic but we had a three legged Gerbil named hoppy. This one could well have lost it's tail I suppose. The only thing Nico about it being a vole is there is no water close by!.:strawberry:
I have a lot of wildlife books but Jean, I typed in bank vole and up comes a picture like your little friend, the info on him says he lives in woodland. There is also the water vole often mitaken for a rat. I saw one of those once in a stream with lots of bullrushes, somewhere near Stourport. I was about 12 I think. It was the day my mate fell in the mud there. I sticks in my mind
Dek saw a couple of these in Cornwall. You are lucky they are beautiful moths. Are you going to put him somewhere till he pupates and hatches?. I did that with a Deaths Head Hawk Moth some years ago.:strawberry:
Talking of Bizarre, my Azalea is in full bloom again, so is some of my clematis, but all my daisies are now gone and I too have toadstool rings in my far lawn, some of the trees are showing brown leafs already, my be a bad winter coming.??Paul
The forsythia is starting to grow brown in places but the Virginia creeper hasn't finished creeping yet, it is still green. Some plum leaves have fallen already wrinkled, the blackbirds are feeding a very big fledgling from their 3rd brood I think, the parents are in moult and look terrible especially the cock. He has lots of white and grey feathers and is bald around his beak. We still have some estereeds to come out and the cone flowers. Also the potted roses will flower again. It is the first year I have not done any hanging baskets. I didn't see many in gardens either. Too expensive maybe? Have a few wild blackberries and lots in the hedgerows. We have had 2 butterflies come in the house in refuge of bad weather I take that as a sign of good luck. A speckled wood and a small tortoiseshell. Wasps have nested in the loft again I hope they fly off. Strangely they are different sizes is this normal? I can watch them queuing to get in from the bedroom window.
As regards the Colchicums, the oldest common name is 'naked ladies' due to their leaves appearing after the flowers have finished. Autumn crocus is a bit of a misnomer because they are not crocus at all. The correct common name is 'Autumn Saffron'. True crocus belong to the IRIS family (Iridaceae) and Colchicums belong to the LILY family (Liliaceae)
We have these they used to flower in September Japanese anenomes I was told they are called. Have been flowering since end of July. Also the monbretia and estereeds which used to be September. Cone flowers in October have not flowerd as yet. We had a double flowering of elephants ears too and the gillies flowered all winter and the lobelia in the baskets we took down lasted all winter and are flowering now.We have some Aaron's rod that are about to come out these are ones I scattered from seed from the usual ones which have finished. Topsy Turvey.
It seems like it`s that time of the yeaar again when i can`t walk up the garden without getting a face full of cobwebs & the proverbial spider abseiling down my nose. Thank goodness we don`t have tarrantulas in this country :-}