Friday, 7 June 2013

Our first week of meadow sampling

We were quite lucky with the weather this week; after a cool and windy start it was dry and sunny during the day which means good pollinator weather.
Our perennial flower meadows are starting to flower in earnest now so we visited them this week to see what plants are flowering and what pollinators are visiting the flowers. Have a look how we got on with our pollinator sampling and what pollinators and other insects we have seen:

Walking a transect along the Cintra Park meadow
Ellen has spotted a little solitary bee
And here is the solitary bee in question, probably a Lasioglossum sp.
Sicus ferrugineus flies: larvae are endoparasites of bumblebees
Each meadow has now a meadow sign with more information
Andrena nitida in a buttercup (Ranunculus sp.)
One of our control meadows, a sea of daisies
We have seen a lot of tree bumblebees (Bombus hypnorum) this week
A bumblebee mimicking hoverfly
We have caught a pollinator which gets bagged for identification
Looking for pollinators in the Portman Road meadow
Having lunch next to our annual meadow in Caversham cemetery
Ox-eye daisies flowering in the Portman Road meadow
Viper`s bugloss attracts a common carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum)
We have seen a lot of these little solitary bees this week
A beautiful rose chafer in theWestfield Road Recreation Ground meadow

1 comment:

  1. Great to see the Viper's bugloss is flowering, hopefully it will flower in the Bristol meadows soon too. Kath.