Sunday, 23 April 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

Buffish Mining Bee, female [Andrena nigroaenea]

A very common Mining Bee which can be found in various habitats including farmland and gardens etc. The females excavate egg chambers in the ground, [on lawns, under shrubs, banks and even decaying brick mortar] where the eggs are laid, and food is also deposited in the egg chambers for when the grubs hatch.

Female Buffish Mining Bee which are larger than the males
and stockier
Female Buffish Mining Bee [which is covered in yellow pollen] starting to excavate an egg chamber
in my garden
An disused egg chamber of the Buffish Mining Bee

Female Nomada goodeniana a parasite Bee which lays it's eggs
in the egg chambers of the Buffish Mining Bee amongst others




































Monday, 10 April 2017

Bee Fly [Bombylius major]

The Bee Fly is common throughout most of Britain and spends most of its life hovering and feeding on nectar. The females flick their eggs down the entrance holes of Solitary Bees and Wasp nests. When the tiny larva emerge from the egg they find their way to the Bee/Wasp larva and feed on them.

A very freshly emerged Bee Fly warming itself up in the sun


Bee Fly feeding on Cuckoo Flower [also known as  Lady's-smock]

Orange-tip [male]

Male Orange-tips on [Cardamine pratensis] Cuckoo Flower and also known as lady's-smock, one of the larval food plants.







All photographs are the copyright of Nick Broomer

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Vespula vulgaris, Common Wasp

The already mated Queen hibernates through the winter months, emerging again in early Spring. She will then look for a suitable nest site, once this has been achieved, the Queen will then build a nest and play the first eggs. Female workers will emerge from these eggs, who will take over from the Queen, building the nest bigger and finding food for the next generation, [their siblings] while the Queen continues to lay eegs.

A already mated Queen thats close to hibernating
Photo, 22.10.2016
A freshly emerged Queen in early Spring

A photo of the Queens face, Vespula vulgaris
All Photos are the copyright of Nick Broomer

Orange-tip

The Orange-tip is one of Britain's first butterflies to emerge in early Spring, [not counting Britain's hibernators] and a much awaited arrival by nature lovers.

Female Orange-tip on Cuckoo Flower, one of the larval food plants
Male Orange-tip on a Pussy Willow flower
All photographs are the copyright of Nick Broomer

Monday, 3 April 2017

Peacock

After a long sleep through Britain's winter this hibernating Butterfly has finally emerged from it's slumber to enjoy the sunshine and, nectar from the early Spring flowers.

The beautiful Peacock can commonly be found soaking up the sun 0n the ground
in early Spring
Or very low down on vegetation

A peacock feeding on Pussy Willow flowers in early Sping