It’s been a while! Sorry to regular readers. I went down with some kind of virus and wasn’t up to much for about 10 days, which seemed to trigger more anxiety than usual, and then going back to work this last week has been exhausting. To top it off I had to have my last remaining wisdom tooth pulled out yesterday so it hasn’t been the best of times lately. However, things are on the up now. I have a sore mouth but am otherwise feeling a lot better.

So I thought I’d have a look at the Weekly Photo Challenge, and I must admit I literally LOLed (laughed out loud) when I saw the theme was “Details”. What could be more perfect for me and my favourite type of photography! I haven’t got any brand new photos thanks to the illness and the current weather (soggy), but I do have some you haven’t seen yet, so here you go – take a look at these details 🙂

My first Common Darter of this year. Love the detail of the eyes, hairs and wings.
Toadflax flowers. Funny flowers which look like they have beards!
Bumblebee letting me get very close and have a look at his hairy mouthparts
Honeybee posing. Nice pollen sacks!
Sunlit fern – you can see the details of the spores (dots along the fronds) with the backlighting
Azure Damselfly showing off her lovely colours
Honeybee in a Dog Rose – if you peek into flowers you may find they have passengers!
Bumblebee in a Foxglove – I had to wait for him to come out as they get completely inside the flower and disappear from view
Dog Rose details – focused on the stamens inside the flower, but look at the funny bobbly bits underneath – interesting details
Grasshopper & friend – I was actually looking at the grasshopper and didn’t notice the spider at first!
Raindrops on grass – I like how the droplets seem to defy gravity

To Bee or not to Bee

If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear this was a Bumblebee… what about you? The trick to telling that this is not a bee is to look at his eyes. See how big they are? That’s because he’s not a bee, he’s a Hoverfly. Specifically the Bumble Bee mimicking Hoverfly, Volucella bombylans. Even more specifically, if you like that kind of thing (I do!) he’s a Volucella bombylans var. plumata – this type has a white tail, mimicking the White-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum) and the Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

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Now this is a real Bumblebee. A slightly dopey one that had stopped on my garden table to have a wash, but still a real Bumble. See the big difference in the eyes? They also have quite different antennae to the fakers.

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Next time you spot what you think is a bee, take a closer look! There are many Hoverfly mimics which will have you fooled with Bumbles and other types of bee.

Can’t resist a bee

Whenever I go for a walk I always love to see bees. I can’t help but be drawn to them. These bumbles are from two different walks and both encounters left me beaming 🙂IMG_3307-EditIMG_3378-Edit

Dandelion Life

I love Dandelions, especially at this time of year! When there are not a lot of flowers about the Dandelions pop up all over the place providing a great source of food for insects. They brighten up the place too. Not to mention the enduring attraction of photographing Dandelion clocks.

Yesterday I kept nipping out into the garden to see what I could see and the Dandelions were the centre of the action.I love this photo of a Honeybee on a Dandelion 🙂


Here’s another Honeybee – this one has already been very busy and has full pollen sacks:


Also enjoying the Dandelions were various hoverflies:


Spring Dance

The insects were doing a spring happy dance last weekend on a lovely sunny Sunday. There were even some bees 🙂

Drone Fly – “Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care!”
Fly on Celandine – “Oppa Gangnam Style!”
Fly on Daffodil – doing the moonwalk obviously
Honey Bee – doing first position (ballet, clearly)

(My daughter helped with the captions!)

And just for a laugh here is a dancing fly animated GIF I made last year!


Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

Bee and Friend

My goodness I am so busy at the moment it’s ridiculous – barely any time for anything!

But I have managed to have a little potter in the garden here and there. I was quite fond of this little bee, and when he appeared to be kindly sharing his flower with a small fly it looked quite cute 🙂




Lavender Garden

It’s been a hectic few days, but I found a few moments yesterday to potter in my Mum’s garden and spent some time in the sun by her lavender patch. Such a enticing sight (and scent) for all the butterflies and bees, as well as for me. Hope you enjoy these photos, and feel a little of the pleasantness of sunshine, warmth and happy insects buzzing (or flapping) by.








Leaf-Cutter Bee and the number 2,500

I have 2 things to celebrate today!

One is I saw a Leaf-Cutter Bee for the first time – so cool!

And the other thing is … I realised there are now 2,500 WordPress followers of this blog! Wow! Thank you! It really inspires me on, to think of you all reading and looking at my photos 🙂


And here’s the Leaf-Cutter Bee who has taken up residence in our Bee Hotel 🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inspiration.”

Just like me, they long to bee … close to you

Well, this week’s photo challenge is more my kind of thing 🙂 Close-up is what I do! I could have picked one of gazillions of close-ups from my stash of photos but I thought I’d go out in the garden and see what I could find and take some fresh photos for you. What I found was that the bramble patch was very busy with bees and other insects, and despite the frustrations of the light changing every time the sun went behind a cloud (often!) I managed to get a few nice shots of some Honey Bees.

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Apologies if my title has set you off singing … here’s that song on YouTube to satisfy that earworm:

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Close Up.”


I found this bee yesterday. It’s some kind of Adrena bee (not a bumble or a honey bee). It seemed rather bee-draggled (ha ha I’m so funny) and wasn’t moving much.


I was a bit worried about this poor bee, so I tried to give it some sugar-water, without much success. On the plus side, it did make it easy to photograph.


I hope the poor little thing managed to gather some energy and find a safe place to hide from all the rain overnight! :-/

Big Baskets

Yesterday I spotted this honey bee on the bluebells, very busily collecting pollen. Her pollen baskets are full to bursting, and her face is liberally dusted. It was lovely to get a few shots as she went about her business. Pollination is an essential part of nature, so I’m thinking this bee could easily be described as a force of nature 🙂

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”