In honour of National Insect Week I went out bug hunting today, equipped with my pooter!
It’s National Insect Week! So I have decided I’m going to be blogging about bugs for the rest of the week!
My first blog is about a lovely little bush in my back garden I inherited from the previous tenant and the bees are all a-buzz about it! It’s Purple Toadflax and come pouring rain or shine, there is always at least one busy bee visiting these little purple flowers!
In the nice weather like I had here today, it’s covered in at least 6 bees from 3 different species! Wonderful to watch!
Today’s insect photo is of a Wasp.
Whether you call them Jaspers or Yellow Jackets, you are probable familiar with these handsome black and yellow predators. They spend their time catching the flies, aphids and other insects from air to feed to their hungry larval sisters. The more I learn about these much maligned and misunderstood creatures, the more I love them!
Today’s insect photo is of a Bloody-nosed Beetle.
On an exciting excursion to St. Davids in Wales, I found this beauty plodding along a stone wall. I’d never seen such a big beetle before, it had a determined walk which was so purposeful. It evidently had a clear idea of what it wanted to do and where it wanted to be!
Today’s insect photo is of a Honey Bee!
I have a particular soft spot for Honey Bees, as my Grandpa was a bee keeper. I have fond childhood memories of his bees. When I visited my Grandparents, I used to love to go and say hello to the hives at the end of their garden. I enjoyed watching them as a child and I still enjoy the company bees as an adult.
It’s National Insect Week this week! You can find out a little more about it here: http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/
To mark the occasion, I’m going to be posting an insect photo a day!
Today I have chosen to share with you a fascinating encounter I had with a Wood Ant. I took a moment to admire this amazing little creature, she made it clear that my attention wasn’t wanted by adopting an defensive posture! So I left her and her sisters in peace!