Yellow Flag Irises At The Pond

#30DaysWild no 7. We’re taking a moment to stop and appreciate the yellow flag irises that are in full bloom at the wildlife pond below Balebarn Eco Lodge – and also the creatures that live among them….

…Like the damselfly that left this larval skin, or exuvia, behind when it emerged from the water to become a flying adult.

We’re not sure which species this is, but possibly a large red damselfly, like this adult pictured on a buttercup.

And making rather more of a buzz about it, lots of bumble bees are nectaring at the yellow flag flowers, including early bumble bees, with the peach coloured bum, and common carder bees, with a more gingery thorax and a rather stripy rear end.

Yellow flag are at their peak now, or just going over. They are native flowering plants and pretty robust. Some have spread themselves around the farm where we’ve moved soil to plant trees (there are some among the young trees outside Beech Lodge). And the flowers at the pond come back year after year, despite sometimes suffering some serious munching from sawfly larvae. That was a June event, so might still come later in the month possibly!

Previously for #30DaysWild

This time last year: we were admiring our pheasants, but debating how much harm these refugees from mass industrial breeding for the shooting industry might be doing to our Devon wildlife.

This time in 2019: We’d set up some new bee habitat at Wheatland Farm. There’s always room for some more of that.

This time in 2018: The annual frog exodus was underway at the wildlife pond. As in 2020, that hasn’t started yet this year, but there are plenty of tadpoles, so doubtless it will happen now the weather is warming up.

This time in 2017: We were giving the Wheatland Farm driveway a hair cut. Must be nearly time to get around to that again for 2021.