Burrowing bees

The burrowing bees were out in force today along the edge of Newborough Forest. The area is renowned for the little Creeping Willow Bee (Colletes cunicularius ssp celticus) and that may be what these are, I’m not too sure about bees…

Burrowing bee, Newborough forest. Possibly Colletes cunicularius

Burrowing bee, Newborough forest. Possibly Colletes cunicularius

Burrowing bee at Newborough Forest

They were certainly behaving very aggressively, bombing earwigs, bumble bees and pill bugs that crossed their path. The small creeping willows (Salix repens var argentea) are just coming into flower and they were buzzing with bees and hoverflies.

A few longhorn moths were also feeding on the willow flowers. These moths have ridiculously long antennae. The moth in this photo was only about 15mm long, but its antennae must have been about 50mm long.

A longhorn moth on a creeping willow catkin. The red line shows the length of its antenna.

A longhorn moth on a creeping willow catkin. The red line shows the length of its antenna.

It was also very nice to see a peacock butterfly. A few of these had ventured out earlier in the year, before the bitterly cold weather of March set in. Hopefully, we really are heading into spring/summer now and today’s butterflies will fare better than those early ones.

Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s