Friday, February 21, 2014

Busy Bees

On the few occasions recently when the Sun has shone my heather plants have been swarming with bees. I would guess they are coming from a local smallholding where there are lots of bee hives. They were making the most of a sunny period with the temperature reaching 14˚C.

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I only saw one bumble bee. Usually it has been the opposite, lots of bumble bees and few honey bees.

They were not alone - seemingly basking in the Sun was this lone hairy caterpillar:

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It appears to be the caterpillar of the Ruby Tiger Moth which feeds on heather, amongst other things. The adult can be seen here on the ukmoths site.

8 comments:

  1. This reminds me of summer. Grand shots.

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    1. Adrian: The Nikon was working well that day.

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    1. TWG: Back to cold winds today but one good day every so often gives something to look forward to.

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  3. Hi John, I saw my first bee today on flowers in the rockery, I don't really know what the flower is but it looks similar to your's, so I think it must be heather. I also saw a caterpillar in the rockery a few weeks ago, which I couldn't identify but it looked the same as the one in your photo!

    Gemma
    http://thisdaytodaylife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Gemma: I had a look back to your little pond pictures. The flowering plants there look like heather to me. Also I couldn't tell when I first saw your curled up caterpillar but it does look much the same as mine.

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  4. Yes they make some great images John. Just as long as you don't get a swarm around the garden anytime.

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    1. Roy. I hope the hives are far enough away to keep swarms at bay. Maybe some of the hives will have Summer locations in local fields.

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Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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