Archive for the bumblebee Category
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. Small Dusty Wave – very common, larvae feed on ivy.
“Twenty-plume” moth (doesn’t actually have 20 plumes). Very small but one of my favourites. Lives on honeysuckle.
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. And of course there are bumblebees and leafhoppers too
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:
Meanwhile I’ve found 2 more ladybird species (that makes nine species plus the Harlequin):
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: