Out there in the natural world, there are some creatures we struggle to love (the list might include Rats, House Flies and leeches, for example) and those that command instant amazement.
And slap bang in the latter category, I would claim, is this fella.
There he was, broad daylight, in my new front garden, a Stag Beetle showing off his mightily impressive mandibles. You ought to have heard my whoops of delight! (I admit he suffered the indignity of being picked up for a short while to be admired close up).
And he arrived in a week when I received this photo from Wildlife Friendly of a beetle that she had found in her Devon garden last year.
Hers isn't quite so well known, but no less impressive really. It is called Prionus coriarius - the Tanner Beetle or Sawyer Beetle.
Now I need to remember that some of you may be going 'Yeuchh!' but I'm guessing most of you are going wow, even if you might not want to pick one up.
So, if you're thinking you might like to see one of these in your garden, what are these beauties' Home Needs?
The big requirement for Stag Beetles is rotting wood, preferably partly or totally buried, on which the larvae can munch for up to seven years.
The Sawyer Beetle appears to also feed on rotting wood, perhaps in standing dead trees.
The downside is that both have quite restricted distributions, being mainly found between Dorset in the west and Essex in the east.
But even if you don't live in an area where these beasts are found, I'm sure that something some day will turn up in your garden that makes you whoop. And if you do, we'd love to know...
Once in a while I come across a plant that stuns me with its power to attract pollinating insects, and yesterday I found just such a marvel.
It was this one (below), which has burst into flower in the last week in my new garden - and very happy about it I am too!
It's a Deutzia, named after a 17th century Dutchman, a group of plants mostly from China and South East Asia. My assumption is that it is Deutzia 'Strawberry Fields', one of the single-flowered, pink, compact cultivars that is readily available.
You can see one of the bumblebees in action, and in a quick count I had 28 at one time, even though I could only see half of the bush.
It is a woody shrub, growing to about 2 metres tall with multi-stems, and does well on most soils in a sheltered, sunny spot. Pruning out a third of the old wood to the base each winter will keep it fresh and tidy.
As always, if you've found a wildlife-friendly plant, let us all know - the more that gardens are filed with them, then more nature that will have their 'home needs' fulfilled.