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Gary Hobson

Some bumblies...

This morning, I noticed about a dozen bumblies circulating around a concrete block wall that has some ivy covering it...

Occasionally (but not often), a bee goes into a crack, and another will emerge.

But what is most interesting is that they seem to be 'grazng' the surface of the wall, as though it held some form of nourishment...


love the bee pics, wonder what they are doing -would love to know. Checked in a book, they look like they may beTree bumblebees, Bombus hypnorum. Book says they are newcomers,first recorded in Britain 2001, now fairly widespread in S England. They nest in tree holes - maybe they have mistaken your concrete blocks for trees!

Gary Hobson
Karen Green wrote (see)

.. they look like they may beTree bumblebees, Bombus hypnorum...

Thanks for that identification.

I'm completely useless at identifying bee species.

The distinctive features of this bee seem to be a pronounced orange coat on its back, and a white tail.

There's an on-line guide to species identification here:
Bumblebee Conservation Trust Identification Guide

They do look like Tree bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum.

That guide says that they often nest in bird boxes. That figures.


@gary.. great pictures.. and thanks karen for the indentification.. i have noticed some of these in my garden.. the white tail is very obvisous..

keep the pictures coming..



I get the white tails in my garden a lot and I watched the bees graze the opening to their ground nest last year in my garden and took it as doing housework. I guess ground entrances are more prone to wear and tear, so I could be wrong here, perhaps others can say with more authority.


I have just taken this picture of my Fox Glove with a hungry Bee inside, you can just see his legs.



i am so jealous, i have 2 small patios and the rest is all horrible stones with a patch or bark covered mud soon to be covered by a shed and run for the bunnies.

i have plenty of pots and things but im guessig because i have no bushed trees or shrubs for the birds to take cover in if they feel insuafe they avoid the food i put out all together.

ive seen one magpie attemtping to steal marbles from a hideous garden ornament the previous owners left and 2 pidgeons fighting to the point where one of them had to be caught and killed as it was flapping around and bleeding all over my garden!!

i dont want a tree but am hoping once the bunnies move from there current plac eto there new spot i can put a bench, trellis over it and pots either side with some sort of tree climber shrub in it and a few feeders on the wall.

the in laws have gorgeous wildlife in their garden including all sorts of birds squirrels and pond life and a few mice that the dog attempts to catch! an hoping to  get things going so that i can feed the birds over the winter and watch from my kitchen window.

last year my mum had a blackbird nest in next doors 'jungle' of a garden and we could see it really close and hear the babies. was lovely to watch and we now put feeders out attached to the jungle that encrouches on our garden to encourage them even more.

the jungle next door sounds greaat for wildlife (as long as it hasn't got rubbish/litter in it of course), you too could have plenty of wildlife in your garden if you plant native plants or wildlife friendly plants in your pots, put out a small pond (upturned dustbin lid even), put up a nestbox and some bee homes (all cheap and easy to make yourself). Give it some time then you could take some great pics for this sight - good luck


hollie hock



 The bee was busy trying to open the lupin flowers taken yesterday.

Seen quite a few slow worms since moving here


Love to see the bees  This planet needs them!


Thought I'd post this one I took last year, on the fennel:

 I think it's a papilio machaon which turn into the most beautiful butterfly.


Oh, and just found this one of a tiny baby praying mantis:




Some fantastic photos. I need a camera to take just such photos - nothing too complicated...any pointers, recommendations, pitfalls...We've just had great spotted woodpecker chicks fledge and I got so frustrated because the camera on my phone would just not focus/zoom enough to give me a decent snap!



@daintiness.. nikon coolpix P500 or simular  are good.. i have one for most photos and the zoom is all built in..  has good 36x optical zoom does for most things and is easy point and shoot camera...for more upclose or better quality pictures i have a sumsung NX5 with different lenses to attach.. great but can be bulkly if wanting to take out.

@lorea.. super pics.. that catapillar is beautiful.

@hollie-hock love the cats used to bring slow worms in for me.. bless em!


Today I looked out my back window and saw mother and daughter blackbirds (possibly the one that fledged from our garden a few weeks back) having a very nice meal of worms straight out of my patio trough. I must have been not two paces from them and had to keep very still, hence no rushing for the camera but just enjoying the moment.

P.S they pulled out a few cuttings and destroyed a few seedlings that I was growing on but Meh. It was only a few.

Gary Hobson

@daintiness - a technique which I find quite useful is to 'crop' pictures after they have been taken.

If you take a photo and the animal or insect looks very small in the photo, then the photo can be 'cropped'. This means cutting off a border all around the animal, so that the animal fills the picture. To do this the image needs to be sharp. Taking several photos is a good idea, then you can choose the sharpest.

You can easily crop photos in Windows Photo Gallery. When viewing any image in Windows simply click Fix, which is along the top toolbar, and then Crop.

Gary Hobson

I like to walk round my garden first thing in the morning, to rehome any slugs. These pics were all taken around 6am this morning...

These are some beauties crawling up the greenhouse window...

I pick off all that I can find, using gloves...

And then introduce them to their new home on top of the compost pile...


brilliat slug pics, I love em