Monday 18 July 2016

Bees, "Bugs" and Butterflies.Let's learn to celebrate and appreciate the little things of life

                                           Bee Collecting Pollen from Blackberry flower

                               White tailed Bumble Bee collecting pollen from Blackberry flower
                                      Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii) on Blackberry flower

                                                                  Azure Damselfly
                                                           Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (m)
                                             Unknown  insect on vegitation on new ponds

                                                               Meadow Brown Butterfly
                                                                       Ringlet Butterly
                                             White tailed Bumble Bee on hogweed flower


Unknown said...

An excellent set of images, Allen - and what you say in your title is absolutely right. There is lots more than just the birds at Cromwell Bottom and there are enough photographers to create an archive of images of the whole eco-system that is CB - something to think about...

Rowaddy said...

Brilliant photos Allan. So much detail which you can't see when just looking. Thank you for sharing them.

Allan said...

Thanks guys. We need the little things but when you look at the these things in detail they are amazing.

Perhaps we should think about an archive or at least a display of the different things to see around the year at Cromwell Bottom. (Perhaps for the Open Day.)

Steve Blacksmith said...

Quite right Allan - the little creatures are just as important, and given a little attention, just as interesting as the larger ones.
The top 3 or 4 are honey bees, usually living in beekeepers' artificial hives, but I've noticed two places in Calderdale (not at Cromwell Bottom) where swarms have gone feral and set up their own homes. One is in the masonry of a railway viaduct, and the other in a hollow tree, very high up.

Glyn said...

My brother reckons the unknown insect is a "bee killer" (Philanthrus triangulum), which does what it says on the label. It nests solitarily in sandy soil, and stocks the burrows with honey bees.