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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 15 May 2020 at 13:00    Image of day on 13 Jun 2020

Quite a large Hover-fly this, feeding on Garlic Mustard flowers.


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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.


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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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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 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.


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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 03 Nov 2019 at 09:12    Image of day on 15 Dec 2019

A few metres from the house we have a simple little conical rain gauge from which we record the last days rain every morning. On this morning the edge glowed with a green speck which close inspection turned out to be a Juniper Shieldbug. The morning was cold and wet and the insect was comatose with several raindrops on their back (very clear in the bottom image) and in the top image one at the centre magnifying the underlying pattern.
We managed to read and empty the gauge without disturbing the 'sleeping' insect!


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Image Taken on 25 Sep 2020 at 16:15    Image of day on 11 Nov 2020

The female Kestrel sees something in the recently cut grass margin, and dives onto it. You sort of expect a rodent to be the target, but no, this Cranefly is worthy of the effort.


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Image Taken on 25 Sep 2020 at 16:15    Image of day on 11 Nov 2020

Then a first for us - this female Kestrel runs over the grass to grab another prey item. The bird is, not unexpectedly, not particularly good at running, and we show here about every third image of those taken at 7 fps - so just under half a second between each image accurately montaged except for the last which would overlap the previous, hence the white bar. We never saw what she caught, but the grass is alive with Craneflies.


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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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