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Insects of the day (2)

Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,707
Considering that discussion "Insects of the day" has been running for 5 years now, and has reached 180 pages, I am creating this sequel discussion.

First 2 sightings of the year in the garden today: one carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) and one Peacock Butterfly, Inachis io. No pics, unfortunately.


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  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    edited February 2022
    Thanks @Papi Jo - 31,000 views for the last insect thread is pretty impressive and sharing a lot of excitement with a lot of people.
  • A huge bumble bee over the last few days and a couple of much smaller bees (no idea which ones) feeding on the sarocococca flowers.
  • 2000GTV2000GTV Martina Franca, Puglia, southern ItalyPosts: 94
    A few bees buzzing around. Some bee flies and saw the first hummingbird hawk moth of the year yesterday. I love watching the latter up close and they don't mind my close presence.   
    Love living in Italy but a Loiner at heart 
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 5,842
    On the Allotments today,  I saw a bee on my shed door jamb. I think it was a honey bee, but it looked a bit small, some people do have hives,  I don't think it would have found much forage, maybe the odd weed in flower.
    AB Still learning

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,881
    Still early for bug hunting here but this one came to us by accident today. My oldest boy was collecting pine cones and this ladybird fell out of one. If I'm right this should be the Cream-streaked Ladybird (Harmonia quadripunctata) that is a pine tree specialist, feeding on pine aphids and overwintering in the host trees. Cropped phone photo sorry.

    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady WarwickshirePosts: 615
    edited February 2022
    Saw two hoverflies on Thursday, probably long blown away by now!
    I've got a ladybird overwintering in a scabious, I have to keep checking he's ok in the wind 😆, so far so good.
  • JessicaSJessicaS East Midlands, UKPosts: 665
    Found this chap overwintering under a calendula in front garden when I moved its leaves aside to check some bulbs. Interesting colour! I left him undisturbed.

  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Eating too many calendula petals?
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,881
    Fire said:
    Eating too many calendula petals?
    At least it won't get nappy rash.

    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,881
    A hibernating butterfly dreaming of summer flowers.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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