Sorry I have not posted anything for a while I am just so busy clearing two new allotment plots , dismantling two rotten old sheds etc. Its harvest time which means wines, cider, jams,chutneys to make.
The Queen from the mating hive has been introduced to a queenless nuc so hopefully they will be ok for next season.
I also have a bumper crop of honey so I will take some of it and leave some for the bees.
I have seen for the first time a clouded yellow butterfly on the plot.
The queen mating nuc I made a couple of months ago and then added a Queen cell to has produced a fully mated queen.
She is a lovely dark queen which has now been marked and added to a queenless nuc hive.
from next year i will be selling locally raised and mated queens.
A medium-sized, all black, scantily-haired bee with dirty-yellow scopae on the hind legs of the female. In dull weather males are often found curled up in the flowers of yellow- flowered Asteraceae, especially hawkweeds.They may stay shut inside the closed flower overnight
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Not an insect but a rare find these days , an Adder.
Adders are the only venomous snakes found in Britain, although they are absent from Ireland. They use their venom to immobilise prey such as lizards, amphibians, nestlings and small mammals. After striking their prey, they leave the venom to take effect before following the victim’s scent to find the body. Although an adder’s venom poses little danger to a healthy adult human, the bite is very painful and requires urgent medical attention. Adders are the most northerly distributed snake and the only species found inside the Arctic circle.
Emperor Moth ,Saturnia pavonia
Wingspan 40-60 mm.
The spectacular Emperor moth is Britain’s only resident member of the Saturniidae family. It is reasonably common over much of Britain, occupying moorland and open country.
The males, which have bright orange hindwings, fly during the daytime in search of the greyer females, which fly at night. Both sexes are on the wing in April and May.
The fully grown caterpillar is green with black hoops containing yellow wart-like spots, and feeds on moorland plants such as heather (Calluna) and bramble (Rubus).
This is what the caterpillar will look like as a moth
Two different types of ruby tailed wasps , both different to the types I get in my garden.
The bottom photo is a Chrysis viridula one of the only ones you can tell apart by photo, sorry of the poor photo.