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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 16:20    Image of day on 07 Aug 2015

Tree Bumble Bees are gradually introducing themselves to the UK. We are finding dozens on a stretch of Green Alkanet along our farm track. This individual would fly for us but she always took off flying backwards. The left and right images are about 150mS apart from the same flight, and we have slipped in another flight between them to make a satisfactory montage. We would have 'photoshopped' the insects box on the right for something more natural if we could have done it convincingly, but in the end 'truth' won out. Nobody got stung - we handle our guests with kindness.

Ref: 20150807_da1_20150607_1620_427+1621_430+1620_426_ft1 tree bumble bee (q) in flight backwards away from launch (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Jun 2015 at 18:15    Image of day on 05 Aug 2015

We believe this 'Tree Bumblebee' to be new species here for us, and is a 'self introduction to the UK over the past 10 years. No bee like this appears in any of our now venerable insect ID books. Along the track edge in sunshine is a strip of 'Green Alkanet' with pretty blue flowers that was hosting about 50 similar bees - the most bees we have seen on this patch for years. Hurrah!
We didn't recognise them at the time but took some photos as they fed on the tiny flowers, just measured as 1cm across, and showing a bit lighter here than as viewed by the eye because the exposure is adjusted for the dark Bee body.

Ref: 20150805_df3_20150603_1815_180 tree bumblebee (bombus hypnorum) (1 of about 50 - 1st id) feeding on green alkanet flowers (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Jun 2015 at 18:16    Image of day on 05 Aug 2015

A Tree Bumblebee flying to a Green Alkanet flower. The partly shaded flower at top left more represents the flower's colour than those in full sunlight overexposed to properly image the bee.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2015 at 15:23    Image of day on 17 Aug 2015

As the Green Alkanet along the track side finished flowering the Tree Bumblebees have moved into the centre of our site and this one is enjoying one of thousands of white Clover flowers.

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Image Taken on 23 Mar 2012 at 16:11    Image of day on 26 Apr 2012

We haven't identified this Bumble Bee, but love the dusting of pollen from the willow catkin.

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Image Taken on 03 Oct 2011 at 13:03    Image of day on 19 Nov 2011

This appears to be a Cuckoo Bee but we don't have enough experience or the right books to definitively ID it. Cuckoo Bees do what their name says - they lay eggs in another bees nest.

Ref: 20111119_da1_20111003_1303_139+20111001_1605_043_ft1 unident cuckoo bee in flight with yellow buddleia (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 09 Sep 2007 at 13:14    Image of day on 12 Oct 2007

This little creature landed on Marie while picking blackberries. We now have an experts confirmation that this is a Palomena prasina nymph that will be adult at it's next stage. Thanks to Judith K. for getting the expert assessment for us

Ref: 20071012_p34_20070909_1314_216 unidentified shieldbug (10mm long) by clover leaf next to self-heal flower(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 02 Nov 2012 at 10:50    Image of day on 08 Dec 2012

We are not sure which this wagtail is, but here it was chasing the insect you clearly see just ahead of it. Insects emerge from under the slates as they get warm in the sun and along come the Wagtails to feast for a while

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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2023 at 15:47    Image of day on 29 Jul 2023

A new insect for us, lurking on a twig, is a 1.5 cm (half inch) Wasp Beetle. It is a Wasp Mimic as a form of defence.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2013 at 19:23    Image of day on 09 Oct 2013

The local Wasp formation flying Team?
No - we didn't cheat - this is a genuine, if bizarre, single frame.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2020 at 16:24    Image of day on 10 Oct 2020

Neither of us are keen on wasps, but we don't interfere with them unless they become a problem, but we have to admit that this is a wonderful show of yellow and black.

Ref: 20201010_d73_20200831_1624_068 wasps on rotting apple peel(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Jun 2017 at 12:18    Image of day on 27 Jul 2017

In a bright sunshine this double White Iris flower looks wonderful but is quite hard to see the structure in the harsh lighting.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2020 at 12:57    Image of day on 12 Jul 2020

It took a while to identify this caterpillar as that of the White Satin Moth.
We met a pair of Imago (i.e. the finished moth) 7 years ago (2013) that you can see two-thirds of the way down page arch 2013 sep.htm.

Ref: 20200712_df3_20200609_1257_062 white satin moth (leucoma salicis) caterpillar (orig)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 28 Oct 2014 at 12:41    Image of day on 27 Dec 2014

One of a pair of White Wagtails caught an insect taking off from the roof ridge. The top image shows the White Wagtail launching towards the fly just above the surface of the ridge cap. The second image (about 140mS later) the insect was fleeing but the bird has caught it anyway already within the open beak. It is clearer in the shadow than in the direct image!

Ref: 20141227_df2_20141028_1241_044-045 white wagtail catching fly from roof ridge 1+2 of 3 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 28 Oct 2014 at 12:41    Image of day on 27 Dec 2014

This was our first attempt at the above montage. The initial position of the insect was muddled in with the shadow of the foot of the flying bird, so we didn't include it. The third image was obviously delayed but it sort of finishes the sequence.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2014 at 12:22    Image of day on 30 Dec 2014

In the conservatory we hear the scrabbling feet of Wagtails exploring the roof. By leaving through the front door and walking round the house we can sometimes get to see & photograph them from the outside. This White Wagtail has shortened the usual 'wait for a fly to emerge and dive on it' strategy - it just picked this torpid fly out of the crevice!

Ref: 20141230_df2_20141031_1222_036-038 white wagtail picking fly out of crevice in conservatory roof 1-3 of 4 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 10 Jun 2016 at 16:22    Image of day on 24 Jul 2016

A week after the initial flourish of white wild rose, we get the more conventional pink flowers with much less perfume - even a whole bush with 100 flowers produces less perfume than a handful of white flowers in the hedge. The Honey Bee is making the most of the pollen.

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2023 at 13:15    Image of day on 23 Oct 2023

In the same bowl of blackberries were several Woundwort Shieldbugs, only about a quarter of an inch long.
Bowls of fruits and other harvests are spread out on a tray for a day to let any animate life escape the washing and cooking.

Ref: 20231023_d71_20230827_1315_016 woundwort shieldbug (eysarcoris fabricii) about 6mm long in blackberry pot (id only)(r+mb id@432).jpg

Image Taken on 07 Jul 2019 at 10:32    Image of day on 27 Aug 2019

Details of Yellow Meadow Vetchling flowers complete with the ever present Hover-fly (which seem atypically numerous this year).

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Image Taken on 26 May 2006 at 13:05    Image of day on 02 Jun 2006

This yellowhammer female has a cranefly in its beak so must be feeding young on a nest somewhere.

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