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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Gardening for insects: some insects in my Sussex garden yesterday.

 Hairy-footed Flower Bee, female above feeding on bugle and cowslips in the lawn.

 Speckled Wood butterfly.
 Male Orange-tip butterfly on its food plant, Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock selectively left to grow in the flower beds.

 Adrena labiata,  Red-girdled Mining Bee on Golden margoram.
 Andrena flavipes, Yellow-legged Mining Bee on Dandylion.
I am indebted to enthusiasts at  UK Bees, Wasps and Ants, for identifying these bees for me.  Very many thanks.

 Small White butterfly feeding on Dandylion and below investigating "Spis bladene" Kale in the flower beds.
There were also lots of parasitic Nomad bees that I didn't photograph.
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