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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.
Ref: 20190626_df5_20190522_1556_197 honey bee with pollen baskets (corbicula) filled on green alkanet flower (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20120806_df1_20120625_1600_148 hover-flies volucella bombylans (bumble-bee mimic & parasite) mating (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20070724_d10_20070708_1121_062 hover-fly on thistle flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20190625_df5_20190521_1015_029 hover-fly probably dasysyrphus venustus (previously thought to be scaeva pyrastri)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20190625_df5_20190521_0816_012 hover-fly probably syrphus ribesii female on hawthorn flowers (detail crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg
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.'
Ref: 20110825_df1_20110711_1019_067 hover-fly volucella zonaria on blackberry flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20171115_df3_20171006_1249_175 ivy flower with wasp flying in (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20141128_df2_20140919_1546_531 7-spot ladybird(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20131021_p10_20130831_0836_983 22-spot ladybird (first ever image) on dandelion leaf (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20070311_p34_20070303_1039_541 ladybird and violets(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20110101_p34_20101030_1229_288 6 7-spot ladybird clustered in dead hogweed (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150424_df2_20150310_1608_269 7-spot ladybird in blackthorn hedge on piece of yellow lichen (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20070225_p34_20070217_1131_918 ladybird in elm bark(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 09 Aug 2009
at 11:36 Image of day on 24 Sep 2009
Ref: 20090924_da1_20090809_1136_066+1234_165_ft1 7-spot ladybird in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jun 2019
at 12:32 Image of day on 03 Aug 2019
A 7-spot Ladybird Larva on a mint leaf.
Ref: 20190803_df5_20190614_1232_001 7-spot ladybird larva on mint leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019
at 10:49 Image of day on 26 Sep 2019
Not many Ladybirds of any sort at the moment, so we're pleased to see
this native 7-spot walking around on the Blackberry leaves, undoubtedly
in search of their favourite food - Aphids.
Ref: 20190926_df3_20190808_1049_002 7-spot ladybird on blackberry leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140518_p10_20140330_1247_752 7-spot ladybird on blackberry leaf (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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'.
Ref: 20181024_df3_20180902_0959_072 7-spot ladybird on debris from clearing scrub in meadow(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140518_p10_20140330_1245_746 7-spot ladybird on developing lodgepole pine cone(r+mb id@576).jpg
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