Sunday, 11 April 2010

The Primrose, The Fly and The Beetle

Today has been just beautiful: warm, calm and sunny.  As I walk the lanes I see new flowers appearing daily, though the insects seem to be sparse so far this year.  With all the mild winters we have had, I have become used to seeing imsects all year round nearly, so to have gone for several months seeing little has been very strange.   I have seen quite a few queen Bumblebees this past few days, which came as a relief as I had started to worry that they had been very badly hit by the weather.  Last year I saw Bumblebees on Mahonia on New Years Day.

I did spot an insect new to me today: the Common or Green Tiger Beetle.  I spotted him dashing through some grass and only just managed to get a fleeting shot of him.   Not a great photo but good enough for identification purposes.  Isn't he a handsome chap?

Well I am off to bed after a long and tiring day.  Hope your day was as enjoyable as mine. :-)


  1. I've noticed a lot of bees recently too, Kerry.
    A relief to see them indeed.
    The Green Tiger Beetle is handsome, especially with those scarlet legs.
    I don't think I've ever seen one before.

  2. I was hoping you would post some primroses.
    the beetle is a better shot than I got of the same coloured fly.


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