Monday, 18 May 2009

I'm not sure if it's raining again or still raining.

Bombus pratorum is a bumblebee that I only started seeing locally about 3 years ago. It is thought to be becoming increasingly urbanised as farming practices push it out of agricultural land. It was certainly very numerous in central Glasgow when I visited last year.

Empid flies, or dance flies, have a wonderful long proboscis that they use to suck fluids out of the bodies of other insects.

Raspberry flowers have just opened, and the solitary B. pratorum was methodically working its way along the hedgerow, visiting every flower. If it accidentally revisited a flower it had already been to, the mistake was recognised in less than a second.

The Meadow Foxtail I showed last week has flowered.

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