“I’ve got a brand new butterfly net and I’ve got a key”… but really it’s not that easy!
With a walking Bee tour coming up in August with Alison Benjamin (Urban Bees) and Des Smith (Willerby Landscapes) I thought I’d get some practice in with help from Laetitia (volunteer) and Ayelet (work experience) and see what bee life we could find around the lovely new swimming pond’s wildflower banks.
It started well with a Honeybee – no problem there. Then a Buff-tailed bumblebee or was it a White-tailed bumblebee (the juries still out on that one!) Finally a certainty – we were all certain – an Ivy mining bee Colletes daviesanus! It wasn’t till I check later that I found this species only flies in September (!) so either a really early record or the wrong species. Back to the drawing board I think!
It’s been good insect weather recently – I think they were the only kingdom that could cope (and enjoy) the 40.3 degrees centigrade that we recorded in the new Skip garden on the 30th June – certainly better than this mammal.
Everything needs to drink and it’s full on watering in the gardens. Honeybees are no exception so we’ll have a wide tray filled with water and gravel (so they don’t drown) for our new bees when they arrive. We’re also building bee hotels for the new site – we’re so Bee Friendly!