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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 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 11 Jul 2011 at 10:19    Image of day on 25 Aug 2011

We didn't realise Hover-flies came this big or Gorgeous and had an expert confirm our ID as a Volucella zonaria. He commented 'I think it's the biggest native species of hover-fly, but only took up residence in Britain in the 1940s. ... The larvae live in wasp nests.'


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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2017 at 12:49    Image of day on 15 Nov 2017

Ivy always seems an unlikely plant to make flowers, but each year we get a good show at the end of the summer. The insects really appreciate this late bounty.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:46    Image of day on 28 Nov 2014

Seeing this ladybird at the beginning of autumn reminded us that after a flurry in the spring, we saw very few in the summer. This is our regular 7-spot species, and relief at seeing very few Harlequin invaders this year.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 08:36    Image of day on 21 Oct 2013

On a Dandelion leaf we made our first recorded sighting here of the tiny 22-spot ladybird.


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Image Taken on 03 Mar 2007 at 10:39    Image of day on 11 Mar 2007

Warm enough to tempt out this Ladybird for a walk on the violets.


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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2010 at 12:29    Image of day on 01 Jan 2011

Talking of 7-spot ladybird - this dead hogweed seems to be a good place for them to cluster in the sunshine.


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Image Taken on 10 Mar 2015 at 16:08    Image of day on 24 Apr 2015

The first Ladybird out and about this year, rather than comatose in some protected cranny. This is our most common - the 7-spot ladybird - sunning itself on a piece of Lichen.


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Image Taken on 17 Feb 2007 at 11:31    Image of day on 25 Feb 2007

This ladybird was hiding in the creases in the bark of a diseased elm.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2009 at 11:36    Image of day on 24 Sep 2009




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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2014 at 12:47    Image of day on 18 May 2014

This 7-spot ladybird has chosen a blackberry leaf to sun itself.
Ladybirds are surprisingly active even near freezing temperatures as we discovered when researching appearances of insects in UV light - see Seven spot ladybird in UV. Even at 4 degrees C one was walking about rather than torpid like most other insects at the temperature. Once warmed up all the insects went back unharmed to where we found them.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2018 at 09:59    Image of day on 24 Oct 2018

There has been a severe dearth of Ladybirds this year, but those we have seen are mostly the native 7-spot species photographed here, rather than more recent years predominantly 'Harlequins'.


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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2014 at 12:45    Image of day on 18 May 2014

We are pleased to see 7-spot Ladybirds in many sunlit patches. Here one of several sunning themselves on a Lodgepole pine cone.


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