"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bees in Hunstanton Community Orchard

While checking the orchard yesterday there were lots of insects visiting the White Comfrey flowers.  One species of interest was a Hairy-footed flower bee (probably Anthophora plumipes). These were difficult to photograph as they have a rapid, darting flight and don't stay still for long. Another one I identified as Melecta luctuosa, a species which breeds as a cuckoo in the nest of Anthophora spp.

Female Anthophora plumipes

Melecta luctuosa

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