Forgive me blogging-friend for I have sinned. It has been 40 days since my last blog. I seek forgiveness by giving you my “Top Six Bumbles” and promise to do many, many hours of penance in front of my computer in the coming months. Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) photographed June 2009
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. Green Veined Butterfly, originally uploaded by Nature Watch […]
I’m not going to apologise for writing another post on bees so quickly. It’s not going to be long before their buzz will have completely disappeared from our gardens and we will have to wait for 2009 to see them again.
On Friday I had the pleasure of accompanying Stuart Roberts from BWARS on a survey of Upton Heath in Dorset (also in the parish of Corfe Mullen) for bees and wasps.
If I say the word “wasp” or “bee” what do you instantly imagine? An annoying wasp buzzing round your burger at a BBQ? a hairy bumble-bee bumping it’s way round your garden flowers? What about this beauty below? a bee, wasp or ant?
Today has been the warmest day of the year so far with temps touching 17 degrees (well, that’s what it said in my car!). I decided to look a little further afield than my garden (that has very few flowering plants at the moment – something that needs rectifying) and visited the old churchyard in […]
Having spent the whole weekend running in and out of the house hoping to see some insects in the garden, I’d just about given up. The sun wasn’t warm enough, the flowers in the garden weren’t smelly or showy enough and all signs of life had deserted me. At lunchtime I decided it was time […]
I’ve been dreaming about Spring for what seems like months, and in the last two weeks it has been peeping out and tempting me with brief Spring-like days (or even just hours) but today was full-on proper Spring. It will probably disappear again tomorrow – so I charged round the garden lapping everything up!
Are you thinking that there’s no wildlife worth looking for now that September is here? All the good stuff has migrated or is starting to hide itself away? Rubbish. There’s a very special little bee that you might like to look for right now…
OK, I’ve got to make a confession. I hadn’t realised quite how gorgeous the humble honey bee actually was until today.
For years starlings have been roosting just down the road from my house in a large clump of bamboo during the winter. It’s in the front garden of a block of flats in a busy residential road. If you happen to walk past at dusk you will see a couple of hundred starlings gathering in […]
Bumblebee colonies die in late Summer early Autumn leaving only mated Queens to hibernate over Winter and emerge in Spring to start up new colonies – at least that’s what the books say! Over the last few years more and more bumblebees have been seen flying around in the depths of winter. So what’s going […]
In September when the sun was shining (remember that day?) I went to check on the garden wildlife and managed to photograph a white Crab Spider eating a Honeybee on one of my Michaelmas daisies. This alone was amazing to see but not as amazing as seeing a small Bumblebee land on the very same […]
I’ve been known to hack down the ivy that determinedly climbs my garden trees, every year it’s all out war but not any more. I now have an excuse to let it grow.
This morning, just for a change, it was drizzling. The sky was leaden grey and the garden was bending under the weight of resting water. Not a good day for a hunt then? Pah! You try stopping me.
At last – this week the sun has appeared and with it a load of different insects have descended on my garden. Bees, butterflies and hover-flies of all types are now busy buzzing round the flowers. However, this afternoon we had an unexpected but seemingly-friendly visitor.
I was really surprised to see both butterflies and bumbles still flying around the last of the flowers in my garden. No doubt in the next few weeks, once the nights get colder, they will be gone.