One bumblebee queen and lots flies in the garden today. And seemingly dozens of Bee-flies.
I like these remarkable parasites and here are some shots from today in my garden.
Friday, 27 March 2020
Adults hibernate in hollow plant stems and cavities, sometimes clustering together in large numbers. The 7-spot ladybird is also a migratory species: large numbers fly in from the continent every spring, boosting our native population.
The life cycle of a ladybird consists of four phases: the egg; the larval stage, during which the larva undergoes a series of moults; the pupa, in which the larva develops into an adult; and the adult phase, during which the female lays eggs in batches of up to 40. source; https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/beetles/7-spot-ladybird
The answer is simple: one at a time. And, retired now for 12 years there has been a lot of species to see and learn.
This plant is the Barren Strawberry: Potentilla sterelis. So called as the ripe fruits do not become fleshy and red. source; The Wild Flower Key. https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-wild-flower-key/francis-rose/9780723251750
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Despite its name, Ground-ivy is actually a member of the dead-nettle family and is not closely related to Ivy. It is an evergreen, creeping plant of woodlands, hedgerows and damp ground. It often forms clumps, spreading by means of overground runners that frequently root. It has a strong smell and violet flowers that appear from March until June. source; https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/ground-ivy
Remember that the Bee-fly is parasitic on solitary bees. And many other parasitic insects feed on this flower too.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptoparasitism) which will target unsealed pollen-stocked nest cells created by their Mining bee hosts and lay their own eggs inside. Look out for them in the coming days. source; https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/goodens-nomad-bee/
Here is another species, a Broad-banded Nomad Bee, in my garden from 16th May 2016
https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/mourningbee/ Note its five eyes. Click to expand the pic's.
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