A slow start

Spring is here, just about, but temperatures are barely reaching double figures because of a north-easterly wind, and smaller wildlife is emerging slowly.
Near the new allotments, the wild comfrey is being eaten to the ground by caterpillars. These turn out to be the larvae of the Scarlet Tiger Moth, which I’ve never seen: UK Moths have a picture.
Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula) caterpillar

The lawn is gradually being patterned with mining bee nests like last year’s),

and a small tortoiseshell butterfly has made it out of hibernation:
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Hiding in the compost bin are a small shield bug and a 14-spot ladybird (the yellow background is a banana skin).
Shieldbug (Legnotus limbosus)
14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)


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