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Insects (assorted) Page 8

Image Taken on 30 Oct 2011 at 10:15    Image of day on 11 Dec 2011

A really common insect - the Hawthorn Shieldbug, but none the less welcome for that, and seen very late in the season - an ever increasing trend of starting earlier, and for some carrying on later, depending on what limits their lifespan.


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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2011 at 10:16    Image of day on 11 Dec 2011

Same individual, now on the stem of the fallen leaf showing the underside.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2007 at 10:13    Image of day on 10 Aug 2007

New species for us. Found on agricultural fleece and moved to adjacent bush which could have been hawthorn if we had identified it at the time.


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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2010 at 12:27    Image of day on 01 Jan 2011

One of our Hazel tree/bushes has a particularly striking orange tinge. Here is one of the leaves with a capricious 7 spot Ladybird.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:37    Image of day on 29 Jul 2006

The blackberry flower supplies pollen for the bee and nectar for both.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2017 at 13:15    Image of day on 13 Jul 2017

We have a particular liking for Allium flowers - globes of tiny flowers with a pleasing symmetry. The Honey-Bees like them as well.


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:02    Image of day on 23 Apr 2006

This Blackthorn tree was 'humming' with dozens of Honey bees - such a relief after having very few bees last year. This bee was caught in flight - the wings are moving so fast they have blurred into nothing.


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Image Taken on 26 May 2019 at 10:02    Image of day on 03 Jul 2019

These Rose flowers are a rich source of Pollen. Watching this Honey Bee doing her stuff we noticed that she regularly moved a couple of centimetres from the anthers in order to pack her Pollen Baskets with her most recent collection before returning for more.


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Image Taken on 25 May 2009 at 15:17    Image of day on 23 Jun 2009

Honey bees are in short supply this year, so after we caught this on flag iris and brought it in for some photos, it went straight back out where it came from. Note the (yellow) pollen sack on the leg.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2012 at 10:41    Image of day on 25 Jun 2012

The Wild Roses having erupted drenching parts of the hedges with their sweet fragrance. Its nice to see a honey bee enjoying the pollen.


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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:21    Image of day on 06 Jun 2013

The warmest day so far brought out a few insects including some precious pollinators. This Honey bee spent only a few seconds around the cherry flowers before 'vanishing'.


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:02    Image of day on 24 Apr 2006

Yesterday's bee after it landed.


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Image Taken on 08 Mar 2014 at 15:43    Image of day on 17 Apr 2014

We are glad to see at least a few Honey Bees enjoying the first blossoms.


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Image Taken on 17 May 2018 at 17:38    Image of day on 02 Jul 2018

At last a dozen or so Honey Bees can be found on the Green Alkanet flowers that reliably grow along a section of the access track each year.


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Image Taken on 17 May 2014 at 12:52    Image of day on 21 Jul 2014

On one of the few Flag Iris flowers yet open, a Honey bee collects his golden trophy.
We see perhaps only 10% of the number of honey bees now than we did 10 years ago


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Image Taken on 22 May 2019 at 15:56    Image of day on 26 Jun 2019

The 10m length of Green Alkanet (covered in BLUE flowers) are now attracting Honey Bees. Here is one with proboscis deep in a flower with the Pollen Baskets just about full enough to take the bounty back to the hive - wherever that may be.


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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2012 at 16:00    Image of day on 06 Aug 2012

A buzzing in the grass led us to this little encounter between what we thought was two rather slim bumble-bees. But one of our weekly assortment readers quickly told us that these are Hover-flies Volucella bombylans which mimic and parasitise bumble-bees. The yellow specks are pollen grains.


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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2007 at 11:21    Image of day on 24 Jul 2007

The wet weather has made some of the vegetable beds unworkable and they have become wild flower meadows. This one is covered in thistles on which this hover-fly was resting.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2019 at 10:15    Image of day on 25 Jun 2019

Another new Hover-fly for us, perched on a leaf. A hover-fly specialist has corrected our original ID, which we agreed with once we had studied ours and two apparently reliable reference pics in detail.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2019 at 08:16    Image of day on 25 Jun 2019

On the Hawthorn Flowers we spotted this Hover-fly which promptly departed before we could get some more detailed pics of it. We seem to be seeing a number of new-to-us species of Hoverfly this Spring. This seems to be Syrphus Ribesii.


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