The native bee Apis mellifera mellifera is one of many species of bee which belong to the insect order Hymenoptera. They have been associated with humans for a long time and cave paintings depict the harvesting of honey 8,000 years ago.
Unlike most insects, honeybees remain active throughout the winter and the honey produced from the nectar of flowers, is to provide plenty of food when it is unavailable from plants.
Ox Eye Daisies are pretty special. Their scientific name makes them sound horrible: Leucanthemum vulgare.
I was distraught to find this little bug – possibly a moth of some sort drowning in the bird bath.
Like any decent citizen, I fished it out with a little twig and let it bask in the sun to dry out. I was rather pleased to see it fly away five minutes later. Result.
A crane fly is an insect in the family Tipulidae. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 2–60 millimetres (0.079–2.4 in) (tropical species may exceed 100 millimetres or 3.9 inches).
In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Newfoundland they are commonly referred to as daddy long-legs, but this name can also refer to two unrelated arthropods: members of the arachnid order Opiliones (especially in the United States and Canada) and the cellar spider Pholcidae (especially in Australia). The larvae of the European Crane Fly are commonly known as Leatherjackets. These larvae can cause damage to lawns by feeding on the roots of grass plants.
Spent most of the day finishing the cat-proofing of the garden… at least I hope it is cat-proof. Big shout out to my dad who came up and helped push me over the line. Domino seemed to rather enjoy the new freedom and, after sniffing everything at least five times, settled in for some al fresco ‘Da Bird’ action and then some sitting down in the grass.
The excitement clearly got to the little bugger, as he took himself off to bed soon after the last of these photos…