When I walk around the garden one pleasure that is difficult to share via this blog is the SOUND in the garden. Bees of all kind buzzing and flying from flower to flower and by default pollinating the plants will the air with sound! Sometimes I am aware that the garden is positively noisy!
I notice that different plants attract different pollinators. Entomology is a skilled science and I will leave the difficult job of identification to the experts as I am certainly not an expert in this field.
Thyme attracts what I think I recognise as honey bees; I’ve thought hard about actually having a hive but I think I would find it difficult, I don’t like the thought of being stung plus perhaps more importantly I don’t think we would ever use the amount of honey a hive is likely to produce.
Convolvulus cneorum also attracts honey bees.
Teucrium attract larger bees, but they were too fast for me today and all the images were blurred. I’ll try again on a less windy day when they might be more static.
All the T. Satin Pink had one of these in their centres today. At first glance they look like bees but I’m pretty sure they’re not. When the roses begin to flower this is the pest that eats into the centre of the flowers, destroying them, the tulips may have even killed them as they weren’t really moving. When they appear on the roses I go around and pick them out (wearing gloves as I’m a bit squeamish) and squash them to stop them reproducing and getting out of control as they don’t appear to have a natural predator.
On warm days this week there have also been lots of butterflies but I have failed to get good images of them. This is from earlier in the week.