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Violet Carpenter Bee

  Another bee that is a newbie to the UK is the Violet Carpenter Bee, originating from the heat of the Southern Mediterranean. It is all black, with slightly incandescent purple wings.  It is thought to have immigrated in timber … Continue reading

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Wanted: the Shrill Carder Bee

Have you seen this bumble bee? The Shrill Carder Bees are one of the two rarest bumblebees in the UK. They are distinctive with their higher-pitched buzz and delicate straw colouring and dark-band across the thorax. They are also somewhat … Continue reading

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Bumble Bees

I was lucky enough to attend a bumble bee identification workshop this week. There are around 250 bees in the UK, of which 24 are bumblebee species found in the UK. What an array of bees we have on this … Continue reading

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Moths

Moths have a similar palate to their two-winged butterfly friends but her are some moth friendly flowers to also bear in mind. Night flying moths particularly drawn to pale flowered plants and those releasing an evening scent, like honeysuckle, clematis … Continue reading

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Butterflies

Butterflies can be fluttering about as early as February and as late as November so it is important to plant up some early spring flowers to give them a bit of a spring boost of nectar. You can also build … Continue reading

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening: the essentials

All seasons Try to build up a garden that offers pollen and nectar to hungry foragers throughout the growing year.  Honey bees are inactive at temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius whilst other bees are found foraging in very early spring. … Continue reading

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