Friday, 15 April 2016

Back to the Woods


 Yesterday, I decided on a walk through the local woods in the hope of seeing my first Speckled Wood or Orange-tip of the year...no such luck but there are always other things to look out for. Since my last visit a couple of weeks ago, the flowering Bluebells are starting to fill the woodland floor with their colour and the Early Purple Orchids have come on apace.

 
Early Purple Orchids (Orchis mascula)
 



Beeflies are now abundant along the hedgerows. They have a rigid proboscis and they seem to hover at the nectar source and use their legs to help manoeuvre it into position.


Dark-edged Beefly (Bombylius major) nectaring at willow flower. 










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