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