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The lack of posting shouldn’t be taken to reflect a diminution in my attentiveness. But there are only so many photographs of hoverflies I can bring myself to take.

Conditions are distinctly mild but not actually cold, and rather damp. Not astonishing, then, that I found what I found lurking in an open bag of compost which I shifted when doing some tidying up this afternoon:

Common Frog

Common Frog

Having sifted through the few photographs I’ve taken over the past few days there are a couple of half decent moths, including a return of the Twenty-plume moth which I saw one example of last month but wasn’t able to photograph then as well as this:

Twenty-plume Moth (alucita hexadactyla)

Twenty-plume Moth (alucita hexadactyla)

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I realise now I sailed right on without including the ‘other things’ part of the previous post. Silly me.

The thing is, while tidying up the detritus on the fringe of the patio by the barbeque I had a real fright when I disturbed this guy or girl. Hopefully it has hopped off to somewhere secure – this is just the sort of thing Morrisey would love to play with. It is the Common Frog (rana temporaria), one of Britain’s very very few native amphibians, and not particularly attractive either, but it makes a refreshing change from lepidoptera and suggests at greater diversity lurking in undergrowth at the fringes of my property.

Common Frog (rana temporaria)

Common Frog (rana temporaria)

Common Frog (rana temporaria)

Common Frog (rana temporaria)

Not a thing of beauty except in its very existing.

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