|Green-veined White butterfly|
|Green-veined White closeup|
If butterflies and moths are around, then their deadly enemy the Tachinid fly is bound to be around, too:
Germander Speedwell is opening up all along the hedgerow:
If you're ever in any doubt about a Germander identification, check the stalks. If they have a pair of rows of hairs, then your identification is secure:
|Germander Speedwell stalk, showing the twin rows of hairs|
Sawflies are a very under-documented part of the bee and wasp family. They take their name from the female's modified stinger, which takes the form of a saw which is used to cut slots in leaves. She then lays eggs in the slots and they hatch out into larvae that very closely resemble the caterpillars of moths and butterflies. Sawflies can be tricky to identify, but if you see a v-shaped suture on the thorax, then you can be pretty sure it's a sawfly.
I checked the lights last night for moths, but it was raining, so there were no moths around. I did, however, spot this snail crossing the step: