Bumblebees & Butterflies

28 February 2021

The days are getting lighter, the dawn chorus is beginning and the crocuses and daffodils are blooming. Spring is in the air, I can feel it and I can certainly see it too. As I write this blog post, I'm sat at the desk in the dining area, I keep looking out of the patio door windows to see the sun shining at the bottom of the garden. Not long ago, I spotted something flutter in the sunshine, so I quickly grabbed my camera, popped on my wellies (it's still a bit muddy in the garden) and to my surprise saw that it was a small tortoiseshell butterfly. The first small tortoiseshell in the garden! I don't know a lot about butterflies, but I do know that they are one of the first butterflies to appear in spring.


The other day I had just finished clearing out some leaves from my pond when I heard a buzzing noise behind me. Again, I quickly grabbed my camera and spotted a bumblebee enjoying the first taste of nectar from the pink dawn viburnum in the garden. I don't really know much about bumblebees either, but know that the queen bees are the ones to emerge first from their winter hibernation. I'm looking forward to doing a bumblebee ID course very soon and to do my own butterfly ID research too. I also look forward to when all the spring and summer flowers come into bloom over the next few months, I'll be growing plenty of wildflowers for the insects!

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