It was a truly beautiful spring day today in Dorset. Perfect blue sky and lots of warm sunshine.
I think the insects appreciated the warmth as much as I did and in-between bouts of gardening, housework and washing I chased them round the garden with my camera.
Some interesting first’s for me today.
My first Green Veined butterfly (ever) and my first Comma butterfly of the year (always a pleasure to see).
Ever wondered why they are called a Comma? Just look at the closed wings below and look for the funny white comma on the wing…
A Speckled Wood was very accommodating and stayed still long enough for me to get a half decent photograph while she warmed up at 9am.
A Bombus pascuorum (Brown bumblebee) was rooting around in the grass and the leaves. Glowing with it’s ginger hairdo.
An Osmia rufa (male) or Red Mason Bee to you and me. A pretty little bee feeding on the newly opened bluebells (that seem to have turned a bit purple this year!)
Lastly a Lasioglossum calceatum (or maybe albipes) or a Mining Bee to us mortals. This is a tiny bee no longer than 10mm. It managed to cover itself completely in pollen from this dandelion flower (yes, I have got dandelions… hasn’t everyone?).
I also saw a Andrena fulva (female) – Tawny Mining Bee and a Nomada sp probably N. fabriciana (another little bee) but the photos were pretty awful and were consigned to the “just for identification” category.
All in all a pretty great day.