Bees and others in MtLawleyShire

and mostly in MtLawleyShire’s garden, but not entirely.

My lavender is usually filled with bees., but one morning, I had the most awesome visitor – a grasshopper.  He was huge!

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he shifted and I was able to get more detailed photos of him:

grasshopper_4  grasshopper_5

Portraits:

grasshopper_6  grasshopper_7

a more normal visitor: bee 🙂

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bee_2  bee_6

bee_4  bee_5

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this little hoverfly is a very common visitor, but soooo difficult to catch in a photo, so these are very lucky shots:

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On a verge garden just down the road from me, there are all sorts of flowers and many attract bees:

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on this particular day, in the french lavender that flowers there, the bees were busy:

bee_1  bee_3

but then (& apologies for the photo but everything is so tiny & so fast…) – a NATIVE blue-banded bee and a European bee in the same space:

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I followed this native bee – they don’t stop as do the European bees – the hover, flit, pause, zag, flit, zig, pause, dive, flit…you get the idea.  But I got these:

bee_n_2  bee_n_5

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peekaboo:

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& these of it flitting:

bee_n_1  bee_n_6

and back in my garden, shortly before her take off to the ground & cuddles – the prettiest flying thing (well, maybe that’s stretching it a bit) entangled in early morning sunshine:

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2 comments on “Bees and others in MtLawleyShire

  1. Van Ikin says:

    Unbelievably acute clarity and intricacy of detail in these photos!!! If you increase magnification on Grasshopper 5 and 7 you can see there’s a tear in the wing (just behind the carapace), poor thing….

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    • thank you 🙂 and yes, but it doesn’t sem to bother him. There was one bee I photographed, somewhere recetly, whose wings were tattered remnants, but she still buzzed about quite happily.

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