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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2018 at 12:05    Image of day on 04 May 2018

The first decently warm day brought out the Bumble Bees. We seem to have a colony of this species recently arrived in the UK.


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Image Taken on 07 Mar 2014 at 16:18    Image of day on 17 Apr 2014

A few Bumble Bees were warming themselves in the sunshine on some lichen covered Willow trunk behind the Duck-shaped pond. We think this is a Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee


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Image Taken on 27 May 2016 at 12:36    Image of day on 08 Jul 2016

A 10 metres stretch of 'Green Alkanet' (which has Blue flowers!) attracts more bees than any other single feature. But bee numbers so far have been terrible - this one of about 10 Bumble Bees feeding - we couldn't see a single Honey Bee on the blooms. The same goes for the Oil-seed rape crop (now at last starting to relent it's endless yellow domination) where all we see is a handful of white butterflies.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2013 at 08:14    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013

Next day they were still busy eating the Lime leaves, but 3 days later we could not find any on the tree or ground.
According to our reference book "when nearly full grown and ready to pupate they descend the tree and construct underground chambers in which they pass the winter as Blackish-Brown pupae".
We will leave them in peace!


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013

The Buff-tip Caterpillar are now on consuming their third branch of the Lime tree. Enjoy the natural light shadows of the caterpillars on the other side of the leaf near the bottom.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 15:40    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Our only Lime tree showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 13:50    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Our only Lime tree (as opposed to Large-leaf Lime) showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 13:51    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Finish your greens before leaving the branch!
Our only Lime tree showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2013 at 08:15    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013




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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2020 at 12:25    Image of day on 08 May 2020

A Bumble Bee flying in to feed on the flower of a White Dead-nettle.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2009 at 16:19    Image of day on 29 Jul 2009

A stop off for a mid-flight refuelling for once taken by pressing the shutter button to override the normal computer controlled trigger.


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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2019 at 15:44    Image of day on 17 Sep 2019

This Bumble Bee makes a couple of 'circuits' of this ring of flowers around this teasel.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2009 at 16:18    Image of day on 29 Jul 2009

Far more bumble bees this year than we are used to, but distasterously few honey bees.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 11:15    Image of day on 29 Aug 2009

A bumble bee netted feeding on Great Willow Herb near a bramble patch - most likely the cause of the slightly tatty wing edges.


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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2009 at 12:46    Image of day on 24 Apr 2009

Bumble bee on Blackthorn flower. There seem to have been far more bumble bees than usual this year.


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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:19    Image of day on 06 Jun 2013

The warmest day so far brought out a few insects including some precious pollinators.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 11:20    Image of day on 29 Aug 2009

5 minutes later released on to a thistle flower it had a quick feed on that and then moved to a clump of Great Willow Herb & spent several minutes sampling the many flowers.


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Image Taken on 15 Mar 2009 at 13:08    Image of day on 03 Apr 2009

Harbinger of Spring 1 - a bumblebee visiting the flowers - in this case pussy-willow.


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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 16:57    Image of day on 18 Jul 2006

We have to limit thistles because they are so invasive, but allow patches to grow but stop them seeding. This bumble bee is covered in specks of pollen.


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Image of day on 05 Nov 2005

An 'inherited' 15 year old yellow Buddleia provides food for Bees, butterflies etc. well into the autumn.


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