Monday, 22 April 2013

Weekend wildlife spots

We visited RHS Harlow Carr on Saturday as there were lots of events on for National Gardening Week, including making a wildflower seed bomb!  The sun was shining and it seemed like spring had finally arrived, so we thought we would share some of the flowers and pollinators that we saw around the gardens. 

A sign of spring - daffodils galore!

A favourite resource for early pollinators - hellebores

Crocuses shining brightly in the sunshine
There were lots of honeybees enjoying the large displays of heather, and we spotted these bumblebees foraging.

Can you spot the buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) hiding in the cowslip (Primula veris)?

Busy, busy bee!

Buff-tailed bumblee feeding on Mahonia.

... Meanwhile in a garden in Derbyshire, all the solitary bees (and a hoverfly) came out to play! Can you tell which is the odd one out?

This bee was being lazy and didn't want to fly between the forget-me-not (Myosotis) plants. Looks like it's making a leap of faith...!

Keep an eye out in your garden and you may be surprised by what you might see.
Happy spotting!

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