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Insects (assorted) Page 10
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.
Ref: 20060423_d10_20060414_1402_205 honey bee flying to blackthorn flower (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20190703_df5_20190526_1002_044+045 honey bee hovering inside wild rose to pollen into basket 1+2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090623_d01_20090525_1517_011+1524_029 ft1 honey bee in flight with yellow flag iris flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20120625_p10_20120527_1041_582 honey bee in wild rose flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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'.
Ref: 20130606_df1_20130423_1021_029+030+037 honey bee on and flying around cherry blossom (accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006
at 14:02 Image of day on 24 Apr 2006
Yesterday's bee after it landed.
Ref: 20060424_d10_20060414_1402_209 honey bee on blackthorn flower (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140417_df2_20140308_1543_060 honey bee on cherry flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180702_df3_20180517_1738_010 honey bee on green alkanet flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20140721_df2_20140517_1252_360 honey bee visiting flag iris flower 2 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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 15 May 2020
at 13:00 Image of day on 13 Jun 2020
Quite a large Hover-fly this, feeding on Garlic Mustard flowers.
Ref: 20200613_df3_20200515_1300_057+055 hover-fly (leucozoma lucorum) feeding on garlic mustard (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 28 May 2022
at 09:11 Image of day on 06 Jul 2022
The species of this Hover-fly is uncertain.
References images with similar markings all have much more dominant black.
Pleased to meet you even if we don't know what you are!
Ref: 20220706_df3_20220528_0911_159 hover-fly (maybe helophilus pendulus) (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Apr 2020
at 17:52 Image of day on 21 May 2020
This Hover-fly was hovering about a metre away, holding position really
accurately, providing the chance of this in-flight portrait.
Ref: 20200521_df3_20200426_1752_264 hover-fly hovering(r+mb id@576).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 24 Aug 2020
at 10:56 Image of day on 10 Oct 2020
Neither of us are keen on green flowers, but our aesthetic judgement is not shared
by the insects. This head contains both unopened and open Ivy flowers.
Ref: 20201010_d73_20200824_1056_025 ivy flower starting to open attracting fly and wasp(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
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