Bits & Bobs

No story behind this post just a few images I thought would be nice to share with you.  These were taken over the last couple of weeks in the garden.


Perhaps the smallest bee I’ve seen. This is a male Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis). It is about 3/8th of an inch (9mm) long and it’s seen here collecting pollen from a geranium
During sunny spells in spring there were a lot of these hover flies around the garden. They are Eristalis tenax we also call them Drone Flies. They do like to hover in front of your face and make a droning sound, so a good name all round!
It’s hawthorn blossom time and the Honey Bees are drawn to the lovely musky scent
A female Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) taking a rest on a lilac leaf after I watched her lay eggs on the new tips of the holly bush
Not sure I’ve shared an image of this butterfly before, oh I have? Never mind you can not have too many Orange-tips (Anthocharis cardamines). To show how small the bee was in the first photo this is the same flower

We have had a little relaxing of our lockdown so if the sun shines on Sunday I hope to catch up with some spring butterflies that are a bit further afield.

Have a great weekend everyone!

40 thoughts on “Bits & Bobs

  1. Nice pics Brian. That certainly is a very small bee! Good luck with your butterfly hunt on Sunday. I hope the sun shines. I’ve just been trying to track down one or two plain, light brown birds with white undersides and yellowish edges which have made their home in the woods behind our chalet. We’re pretty sure they are Bonelli’s Warblers (from the not so good photos we have) and the sound which I’ve just recorded seems to match pretty well too. If you’re interested in confirming or otherwise the id, please let me know.

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    1. Hi Mike the description fits with Western Bonelli’s. The song would be a short trill. I’ve seen these in Greece (and once in Suffolk!) and they are quite plain looking and there they liked pine trees at higher elevation. You will have to put a photo up on your next post.

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  2. I could tell that the bee in the first shot was small, but the last image really dives home how tiny it really was. I love butterflies and bees (and hoverflies too), so your posting was a delight to my eyes.

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    1. Hi Trevor, many thanks. My camera is a Nikon D5300 and for these shots I use a Sigma 105 f2.8 os macro coupled with a Sigma 1.4x converter so I don’t have to be right on top of the subject.


  3. Hello Brian,
    Your garden must be so beautiful. Lovely images of the butterflies and bees – they look quite fuzzy and I’m tempted to pet them. (Of course, that would not be possible!) Thank you for sharing such lovely images, wishing you a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you Takami. Yes the garden is looking the nice this spring as we have had a lot of time to spend there as we could not go out. It has also helped to look more closely at the creatures whose space we share.

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  4. Lovely photos, as always. Thanks for sharing them and for including the Drone fly. Syrphid flies don’t get enough attention, considering all the good work they do in the world as pollinators and pest predators. Hope you’ve got your sun today.

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    1. Thanks Katy. Yes the hover flies are very welcome in the garden and they come in so many sizes and colours.
      We had the sun today but went out yesterday and it turned cloudy! That’s life.


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