Finch Foundry’s beautiful garden

We held our Dartmoor Senior Leadership Team meeting at Finch Foundry yesterday – I got there early so I could take a few photographs of the garden.

Finch's garden
The garden is very colourful at the moment and is looked after by Catherine, an NT volunteer and her two assistants Sheryl and Mike – they do an excellent job – thank you

Alstroemeria aura Peruvian Lilly –  I love the markings

A red monbretia

Briza major
The Quaking Grass – Briza major

Tree bumblebee
The garden also attracts lots of insects – here is a tree bumblebee – a species that has only recently arrived in the UK. See here for further details of the arrival of the tree bumblebee

Soldier beetles
A mating pair of the very common soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva

Rutpela maculataAnd the black and yellow longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata

Finch Foundry is well worth a visit – see a bit of old industrial Devon and a beautiful garden – see here for more details.

Black and yellow longhorns all over Parke

In the space of less than an hour I found (well bumped into really) 4 different black and yellow longhorn beetles (Rutpela maculata) in the wet meadows and woodland edge at Parke. Unusual to see so many individuals in such a short space of time and so close together. (Some sources give Rutpela maculata the common name of the spotted longhorn).

Ruptela maculata 1These are pretty distinctive beetles – I particularly like the black and yellow stripped antennae.

Ruptela maculata

These adult beetles live for about 4 weeks but the larvae live for up to three years in damp rotting wood of various broad-leaved trees particularly birch.