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Image Taken on 08 May 2013 at 16:01    Image of day on 14 Jun 2013

5 years earlier the new farm owners ripped out a hundred or so fruit trees to turn the land 'arable'. We were offered to take any we wanted and we replanted about 10 of which most 'took' - something of a 'pot luck' of absent or sun-bleached labels from 'old varieties' of apple and pear. These apple blossoms are lovely.


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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2011 at 13:05    Image of day on 14 May 2011

7-spot ladybirds still dominate - haven't seen a Harlequin yet this year that we can remember. Here it is adding a little spot of red to the beautiful apple blossom.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2013 at 02:17    Image of day on 22 Nov 2013

This Bank Vole has found a more modest piece of carrot to carry off to eat in safety. The nearby oak tree is smothered in the galls you see on the fallen leaf lower left.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2016 at 12:06    Image of day on 19 Jul 2016

In the conservatory we saw this bee (upper left) get caught in one spiders web, escape, but a minute later falling into a similar trap where the spider rushes out to secure the catch. In the process the Bee manages to remove a leg of the spider. Apparently the legs will re-grow at the next spider moult - spiders sometimes self-amputate legs to escape and this may well be what happened here, although in the end the spider 'won'.


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Image of day on 30 Mar 2005

Particularly relieved this year by the return of hundreds of honey bees after a few years of seeing only a few at any time


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Image Taken on 25 May 2011 at 14:09    Image of day on 24 Jun 2011

Yellow Flag Iris is designed to use bees for pollination. The sexual organs are beneath the upper petal which presses down on the bee as it enters leaving or picking up pollen on its back that you can see as yellow specks on the last image. Bees always go in the 'front' pushing up the upper petal, but exit out of the side.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2015 at 12:26    Image of day on 21 Aug 2015

Lilies are structured (or designed themselves, or whatever you want to believe) so that only the right size of bee can get in (strong enough to push up the upper petal, but small enough to fit) to pollinate the plants. Yellow Flag Iris behaves very similarly to this (probable) cultivar.


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Image Taken on 03 Mar 2007 at 10:37    Image of day on 13 Mar 2007

Relief to see a bee with all their recent woes. We have also had a few visiting the flowers in our conservatory come greenhouse.


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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2016 at 11:14    Image of day on 31 Jul 2016

A sudden eruption of self-set Orange Hawkweed (commonly called Fox-and-Cubs) has lit up a strip near the front of the house. Here the gradually increasing number of Bees is visiting one.


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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2012 at 12:16    Image of day on 25 Jul 2012

The first Bee-swarm we have seen here in our 20 years here.
We shut all the windows 'just in case' - a house full of bees didn't appeal. This is the swarm shortly after being noticed outside the conservatory. There were clearly many thousands of bees, but not making as much 'buzz' as we expected from experience with small numbers.


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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2012 at 12:30    Image of day on 25 Jul 2012

Detail of the bottom of the cluster in natural light.


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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2012 at 12:40    Image of day on 25 Jul 2012

Over 20 minutes the thousands of bees formed a cluster in a bush about 10 metres from the conservatory. They were behaving so quietly we went out for a careful look. This image is of most of the bush using flash so you can see the cluster in the shade. You could walk by and not notice.


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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2012 at 15:47    Image of day on 25 Jul 2012

All gone 3 Hours later - we missed the departure. If we hadn't seen the swarm in flight from the conservatory we would almost certainly not have known anything had happened.


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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:22    Image of day on 06 Jun 2013

This isn't a bee - it is a Bee-Fly. The half dark wing is characteristic. It was a brief visit & these images 3 montaged together was all we got


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Image Taken on 09 May 2011 at 10:58    Image of day on 07 Jun 2011

Also under the corrugated iron sheet was this Bee-Fly which came out rather reluctantly, hovering very low to the ground giving us opportunities to capture this unusual view of it hovering over the ground with a lovely shadow.


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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2018 at 10:44    Image of day on 29 May 2018

Early Spring brings Bee-flies out to hover over anything, photographers included. They are not bees, but true flies that mimic bees. The long proboscis is not a sting, and the insect in completely harmless to humans.


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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2018 at 17:45    Image of day on 29 May 2018

The range of wing movement of the Bee-fly seems to be very small - this montage includes the full range of up and down movement.


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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2015 at 15:01    Image of day on 02 Jun 2015

A Bee-fly with characteristic long straight Proboscis hovering perhaps 2.5 metres up over the rough meadow grass. The brown pattern on the wings almost looks 'painted' on with brush streaks, but has not been 'fiddled' with.
Manual exposure 1/4000Sec F7 170mm (not allowing for 1.4x teleconverter) 2500 ISO


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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2010 at 14:50    Image of day on 30 May 2010

This might be a 'common' bee-fly (one of 12 or 15 species according to which book you look in but neither has any detail) now seen here in Spring for the last 3 years. This year we got the 'Flight Tunnel' out of its winter hibernation early and made this one one of the subjects.


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2018 at 15:32    Image of day on 29 May 2018

We first spotted this Bee-fly flying around the shrubs in a sunny patch. Fortunately it landed on this desiccated Oak leaf, possibly to warm itself in the sun, and we caught this view with the interesting shadows of the wings.


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