Archive for the bumblebee Category

Spring at last

Posted in "Butts Piece", bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife on 12 April 2016 by bramblejungle

Despite heavy showers, spring is well under way and the usual signs – nesting birds, solitary bees, ladybirds, caterpillars… are everywhere:
Definitely Spring
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) 7-spot ladybird
Scarlet tigers doing well

Worth waiting

Posted in bumblebee, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 25 July 2013 by bramblejungle

After overnight rain the sun came out – and suddenly the marjoram patch was full of butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Here are a few (plus of course numerous small, large and green-veined whites, and the odd Red Admiral that I didn’t manage to capture):

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Bees on marjoram

Peacock (Inachis io)

Bees on marjoram

Hoverfly

Bees on marjoram

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Bees on marjoram

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Bees on marjoram

Moths instead

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 28 May 2012 by bramblejungle

I guess I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for butterflies, but meanwhile a few moths have turned up, including some I haven’t seen before. Trouble is I’m useless at identifying them, so please comment if I’ve got any wrong:

Chinese Character, named after the odd little scribble in the middle of its wing. Said to avoid predation by mimicking bird droppings. Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) Small Dusty Wave – very common, larvae feed on ivy.
Small dusty wave (Idaea seriata)? “Twenty-plume” moth (doesn’t actually have 20 plumes). Very small but one of my favourites. Lives on honeysuckle.
Alucita hexadactyla and a new one to me, I think the Buttoned Snout, which – if the ID is right – must have found some wild hops growing locally for its caterpillars to feed on. Buttoned Snout (Hypena rostralis) And of course there are bumblebees Bombus pratorum, m and leafhoppers too Leafhopper moulting

Pollinators

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 12 April 2012 by bramblejungle

Between the showers, today’s April sunshine brought some early pollinators out of hiding:
Tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva)Solitary beeAnother solitary beeHoverfly (Eristalis sp.?)Common carder bee (Bombus Pascuorum)

It’s dangerous out there…

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 23 July 2010 by bramblejungle

Spiders, and worse, lurking under every leaf. This unsuspecting sawfly landed in the wrong place (and didn’t take off again):
Lunch

These tiny spiders will even tackle bumblebees:
Spider and bee

And if you can avoid the spiders, there are predatory bugs lying in wait:
Bug with prey

I think I’ll stay indoors.

Tree bees and more ladybirds

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , on 12 June 2010 by bramblejungle

In 2001, a new bumblebee was discovered just outside the New Forest. New to the UK, that is, but widely distributed throughout Europe. It’s the “Tree Bee”, Bombus hypnorum, and seems to be doing well here; unlike most “invasive” species, B. hypnorum doesn’t seem to represent a threat to local species.
They can’t resist Cotoneaster flowers:
Bombus hypnorum?
Bombus hypnorum in flight

Meanwhile I’ve found 2 more ladybird species (that makes nine species plus the Harlequin):

24-spot ladybird (Subcoccinella 24-punctata)
2-spot ladybird (Adalia 2-punctata)

Bumblebees

Posted in bumblebee, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 13 July 2009 by bramblejungle

Bumble-bees are responding to warm weather and bramble flowers; I can’t match Jane’s tally, but it’s good to see that they (at least the common species) are thriving here. I’m no expert on bumblebee identity, so please let me know if you think I’ve got any of these wrong:

Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
Bumblebee

White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)
Bumblebee

Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
Bumblebee

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)

And an imposter – a hoverfly pretending to be a bumblebee
Hoverfly

%d bloggers like this: