It was cool this morning and by lunchtime it had begun to rain. I found a Bumblebee wandering on the path and scooped it up. It seemed very dozy so I decided to make it a drink. I got one picture and it was flying round the van in fine style. I opened the window and away it went. There is gratitude I thought.
A white-tailed bumblebee queen. Bombus lucorum. She was doing fine and I was hoping to get some head and tail shots but it wasn’t to be. She has two tics by her left wing so perhaps they were annoying her and I was the last straw.
Whilst out on our first walk I stopped to check the tadpoles and lifted a log. This little beauty was hiding underneath.
I never noticed when I scooped it into the pot that it was missing lots of legs and antennae. It was lively enough. I can’t find anything like it but the nearest I did find was neither a centipede nor a millipede but something called a symphylid. I’ll keep searching for it as it is very attractive, I’ll also see if I can find a whole one.
I got a very nice e-mail from a lady at the BTO thanking me for the information and the photographs of the leucistic House sparrow. She was impressed with the quality of the images and I thought them a bit soft. I can only assume they get a lot off out of focus pictures.
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