Tuesday 7 April 2015

A late start of spring

Despite the mild winter, spring is taking a while to start. It has been very windy and cool of late. The last few days have been noticeably milder and still, almost warm when the sun came out. My first Anthophora plumipes male came out on the 12th of March, a bit late, but not unusual. Then there has been a few queen bumblebees and honeybees. The striking thing is that I haven't seen a butterfly this spring yet. A queen wasp bumped against the conservatory window a few days ago, but I couldn't identify it to species. Today, I found a very sluggish queen Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris, inside the conservatory. Spring is slowly, but surely, on its way.

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