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Bombus rupestris – Dartmoor

Status (in Britain only)
Listed as a Notable (B) species Falk (1991) [now known as Scarce (Nb)], but becoming more abundant.
Habitat
Although its host is a frequent species in gardens, most records relate to areas of unimproved grasslands
Flight period
The females do not usually come out of hibernation until late May or June and can be seen searching for host nests during the latter month. The new generation of adults emerges in late July or August
Nesting biology
In early summer, each female Bombus rupestris enters an established nest of B. lapidarius where it attacks and kills the resident queen. The parasite then establishes itself as the “queen” in the nest with its complement of B. lapidarius workers. The female B. rupestris lays female, and then male eggs that will be reared by the B. lapidarius workers. Once egg laying is completed, the female B. rupestris dies in the nest.
Flowers visited
Mainly plants in the families Apiaceae, Lamiaceae and Asteraceae…. BWARS

Chinese Character moth- Cilix glaucata- Cornwall

Wingspan 18-22 mm.

This unusual-looking moth combines its wing-pattern and resting posture to give the appearance of a bird-dropping, thus avoiding the attention of hungry birds.

It has two generations in the year, May and June, then again in August, when the adults can be attracted by light.

It occurs fairly commonly in England, Wales, Ireland and southern Scotland, and can be found in hedgerows, gardens and woodland…UK Moths

Honey, honey,honey

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Well I’ve finished the harvest , 95 -1lb jars (two missing in the pic) and 5 lb put in old jars for personal use, so 100lbs in total added to the early summer harvest in July that’s over 165 lbs. Its the best harvest I’ve had in the years I’ve kept bees. All hives were left with one full super and the stores in the brood chamber to see them through the winter which is plenty.