Signs of Spring

Spring at last!
After the second coldest March on record, spring has finally arrived, and now is the time to find out how much damage the unusual weather has done.
Today I heard a chiffchaff and saw several brimstone and small tortoiseshell butterflies, along with this peacock.

I went to the usual spot in search of scarlet tiger moth caterpillars, and found one:
Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula) caterpillar
It’s a couple of weeks late, but seems to be in good shape – I just hope there are plenty more.

There are plenty of bee-flies around
Bombylius major
and the lawn is full of the nests of tawny mining bees
Tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva)
Tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva)
So far it seems that Spring is happening as usual, just a bit late.

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