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gardeningfantic

Would love to see what pictures you have.here are some of mine.


saw one of these last year and one last wek

 


gardeningfantic


not got many this year yet.. as weatehr to awful to sit out in.. thou i did see a gorgeous tiny blue butterfly today.. as the sun was out.

Wintersong

I had a lot of drama in my garden last year as the common bumble bee decided to nest in my flower border. We left the nest undisturbed, but something came and tried to dig the nest up twice,


 And then, on the second occasion, we discovered the queen crawling though theflower bed away from the nest. She had been usurped by a cuckoo bee and had her wings bitten off...


 After this, the nest was doomed to fail since the cuckoo bee queen uses the existing nest to lay and nurture her eggs but the cuckoo bee does not collect honey, so once all the worker bees have died off the nest becomes redundant. I have video footage of bee activity at the nest entrance where I saw at least two queen sized bees practicing their flying and tidying the nest. That's all I was able to find out about bees, but they are a favourite creature for me in the garden.






 

gardeningfantic

wintersong.. they are great pictures.. we had a nest last year of bumble bees in side of shed.. they are huge.. didnt know until we went to moves some pots.. they came out in force.. had to just leave it for rest of day.. hubbys says.. "well you wanted them in your garden.. can complain where they are nesting now"

i  love them.. had oen otehr day not sen before it had white head.. wanting to take a picture but was to raining for it.

gardeningfantic

this little fella last year..


 he still managed to eat the sunflowers seeds thou.

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gardeningfantic

wintersong..first time i have ever had so many.... lasat year i saw just about a dozen all year.

Steff37


 


 Excuse the bad quality of the second, it was taken from my kitchen window on my phone.


 Does this count?

gardeningfantic

steff 37 they are great.. yeah that probs with windows... cant go out or they fly off.. the butterfly is beautiful

gardeningfantic

i also love the fact i have just noticed.. the cat wathcing the bird and the bird watching the cat.. brill!

Steff37

That is my cat, I'm not sure who is stalking who!  I've seen Marmite try to take on a seagull - loon.

Wintersong

Does the name reflect upon the cat you either love or hate?

Steff37

I love her... usually, although she can be... challenging . My neighbour however... different story!

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gardeningfantic

great name steff37 it a great picture.. did you know she was there when you took it..

Steff37

Yes I did, I tend to follow her around with a camera, because I know that sooner or later she will do something dopey.  I have a series of shots of her learning to climb a tree for instance .

I'm trying to find pics of baby blue tits, but I think they are on hubby's camera.

Blummin cat! 4yo daughter just came in clutching a dunnock. "Look what I found in the cat's mouth" OMG!

Steff37


 Found one, but I thought I had better pics than this.  I was literally arm's length away from them at times!

Wintersong

Oh you reminded me, I found a file on my desktop earlier of some close ups I took last year with the intention of painting this fine fella one day...


 He was resting on my tomato canes and I nearly got too close!


 So ofc I dashed back for my camera


 The legs in the back ground belong to hubby, who was there in a supervisory capacity. In the end I had to leave alone, as this chap or chapette's tail started to rise, which I seem to believe means I am annoyed with you. I've never been stung by a dragonfly, but I reckon it would hurt a bit.

Steff37

Absolutely beautiful!