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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Wool Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum, Leafcutter Bee, Megachile sp, and Common Carder Bees today.

 Above, Stachys sp. or Lamb's ears in front of "Queen of Denmark" rose under planted (or rather invaded as I didn't plant it!) with Common Bird's-foot-trefoil, Lotus corniculatus.

 These flowers are enjoyed by Common Carder Bees in my garden.

 Whilst Lamb's ears are a magnet for Wool Carder Bees, Anthidium manicatum

 A neighbour has a hole in the mortar of the house, which has been utilised by an enterprising Megachile sp. a Leafcutter Bee.

On the 20 June 2018 the bee has now blocked the nest with a plug of leaves. for more info' from RHS.

Common Carder Bees continue to pollinate my Runner Beans
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Friday, 15 June 2018

Seven orchid species on a South Downs walk yesterday afternoon

 Pyramidal orchid
 Greater Butterfly-orchid

 Bee orchid

Common Twayblade with convolvulus above and Common-spotted orchid below.

 Fly orchid
 Fragrant orchids

 Pyramidal orchid
Common-spotted, Fragrant and Pyramidal orchids.
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