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Pollen baskets

June 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Bee with pollen on cupid's dart 2

This bee must have visited quite a number of flowers to have accumulated such a load of pollen.

The pollen doesn’t simply adhere as the bee passes. It actually gathers it with its tongue and puts it in ‘baskets’ (concave areas surrounded by coarse hairs) on its legs.

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Evening heat

June 24, 2016 Leave a comment
Bee hovering by lavender

Bee hovering by lavender

The lavender is now out and full of bees.

This one was taking advantage of the last direct sunlight.

Easter sunshine

March 27, 2016 Leave a comment
Visiting a ball of sunshine

Visiting a ball of sunshine

A bee took advantage of the good weather to visit the wallflowers.

Neighbour to Granny Smith

April 21, 2013 1 comment
Attractive but deadly

Leaf curl – attractive but deadly

The nectarine tree has leaf curl.

A lot of the leaves are blistered, swollen and brightly coloured as well as curled; in fact this fungal disease would be attractive if I didn’t know it was so damaging.

Seeing as the tree’s finished flowering, Chokri and I gave it the after-flower spray,  but we left out the insecticide element and only used fungicide.

That way, if any bees had braved the windy conditions, they wouldn’t be affected.

It was a necessary precaution because the next tree along in the grid is the Granny Smith apple tree which is in full bloom.

Granny Smith blossom

Granny Smith blossom

Poor year for nectarines

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment
In bloom despite the weather

In bloom despite the weather

The nectarine tree is determined to bloom.

This is in spite of the fact that no self-respecting bee would venture out to pollinate in this wind and wet.

At least the blossom is pretty.

In fact I’d grow a nectarine tree just for that, even without the possibility of fruit!

Getting stung in the pool

July 17, 2012 5 comments

Tiny stinging flies by a one-cent coin

I’ve been stung quite a few times in the outdoor swimming pool and every single time bar one (when a bee stung me through my own fault) it’s been by one of the horrid little creatures in the photo.

Both of these stung me today and paid the ultimate price.

They sting on contact. They must be permanently wired up for it. It’s a nasty little sting that gets you on the neck or in the armpit.

For anyone not familiar with a one cent coin (one hundredth of a Euro), it’s extremely small – the sort of coin that gets lost in the seam at the bottom of your purse. So you can see just how small these unbelievably aggressive creatures are.

In fact they’re so small I can’t really see what they are. They seem to be a cross between a winged ant and a vicious little comma-shaped bee.

Apple blossom with bee

April 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Bee visiting apple blossom

I took this photo looking into the evening sun. There weren’t many bees about but this one was quite obliging.

The apple tree it’s visiting doesn’t form part of the ‘grid’ of the orchard. It’s what could be termed a ‘native’ in the sense that it was already there when we arrived, and sprouted again after the drive was widened.

I love the pink buds of apple blossom. They aren’t prominent in the photo because the bee is frequenting mature flowers, naturally.