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Insects (assorted) Page 4

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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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2013 at 12:55    Image of day on 23 Jul 2013

Green Alkanet is a magnet for what bees there are. This bumble-bee spent at least several minutes crawling around the flowers. We didn't notice a second visitor until we processed the image - some sort of fly on the lower left flower.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2013 at 12:35    Image of day on 29 Jul 2013

Green Alkanet is very attractive to many insects. This is an atypically small species of Bumble-bee without a common name, here caught hovering at a flower.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2013 at 12:34    Image of day on 29 Jul 2013

Green Alkanet is very attractive to many insects. This is a largish Bumble-bee on a flower, but there isn't enough body detail for us to make a positive ID.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2022 at 14:17    Image of day on 23 Jun 2022

The first Burnet Rose this year - 2 weeks earlier than last year.
This species has an abundance of perfume you can smell from yards away.

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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2023 at 16:03    Image of day on 17 Nov 2023

A glance from the SE corner at the field margin to our east show this Buzzard on (what turned out to be) a dead Rabbit from which the bird has already taken some lumps of meat. He spotted the humans and tried to take off with the prize, but it was obvious over a couple of tries that it was too heavy for the bird.

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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2023 at 16:04    Image of day on 17 Nov 2023

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Image Taken on 07 May 2022 at 16:28    Image of day on 14 Jun 2022

A Red Cardinal Beetle - the first seen in 2022.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2013 at 12:39    Image of day on 28 Jul 2013

This vivid beetle on a grass stem is probably Pyrochroa Serraticornis. Some identification books also name this as the 'Cardinal Beetle' while other books name a similar (but different) species as such.
The Antenna near us is foreshortened to a black circle but there is nothing 'wrong' with it as we can see in other less satisfying images.

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Image of day on 28 Jul 2005

These orange beetles are common at this time of year and are usually seen in pairs like this.

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