12th April 2015

Bee-flies were out in numbers the other day. With their furry bodies, Bee-flies are easily mistaken for Bees. This harmless fly has patterned wings and a straight, long proboscis which make it an ideal pollinator for Primroses and Violets so early spring is a very active time for them. The other insect I saw for the first time this week is the Comma Butterfly, one of the few Butterflies which hibernate over winter, emerging to feed as soon as it warms up. It is also one of the few Butterflies extending its range in England and Wales. The Comma has a jagged outline which helps it be camouflaged, especially important when it is hibernating. P.S. The Dyfi Ospreys, including Monty, featured on Springwatch most years, are back and you can watch them on the webcams. Conditions: Heavy

A Bee Fly, widespread in spring

A Bee Fly, widespread in spring

Bee-flies have patterned wings and a long straight proboscis

Bee-flies have patterned wings and a long straight proboscis

A Comma Butterfly, one of the few Butterflies that hibernate as adults

A Comma Butterfly, one of the few Butterflies that hibernate as adults

rain in Sheffield, sun in Sussex! Temperature: Max 10- Min 3c.

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One thought on “12th April 2015

  1. Brilliant. Although it does make me smile when Komal sees anything with wings (birds not included) and is prepared to run a mile in the opposite direction!! Great post, as always Penny.

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