CLUSIANA wrote: May i ask you a question? Do you remember all these names easily?
Some I can now even spell without checking! With repetition it gets easier to remember, and as I have many photos in folders from the last couple of years which I had already named all I need to do is check back on them if I struggle to remember a name.
These are 'my bees' Janet. They arrive every year on a very hot day during May, many many flying at the same time and doing a tremendous noise and they nest now in a very little hole in the front wall. The previous nest has been occupied or visited by the asiatic hornets and do not want to go there anymore. Hope they will return next year as the asiatic hornets are still killing them. They fly in front of the hole, wait for a bee to go out, and then catch it fly away wth it and eat the head. I saved many knocking the hornet when it was doing that but I cannot be there all the time. I was first using a net (the one to catch butterflies) and now use a piece of wood. I know them so know ho proceed but they are very dangerous. If they bite you you can be poisoned, paralysed and ven die. They arrived in France in a container coming from Asia, with furniture. They are doing babies now but i dont know how to locate (I attempt conference about the matter but did not find any lower nest,and when they grow they are doing very huge nest on the top of the highest trees. We have also very huge toads coming from North Amercia who killed everything. You cannot do whatever you want with plants and bugs as afterwards both flora and animals from the local place are in great trouble and all the natural balance with it. If you do not have any of these asiatic hornets you are lucky. You have to know them. Each bud is making a special noise when flying and these one can be heard 5 meters away.
I heard a little while ago that in the country you have to ask for a permit to have a bee's house. These are wild, it is not a house I set up. They just choose to be there and they are here since many years so I now wait for them every spring.
That's unusual to have to ask for a permit to keep honey bees! I have had them quite early in my garden feeding on crocus, I still have some coming to the Ivy. I'm not sure if someone nearby keeps bees, I think they must, but some bees do leave the colony and make nests where they wish with a new queen. People take their honey leaving them a sugar solution to live on over winter, they need their honey to live on, it keeps them healthy and is antiviral. I would hope some beekeepers leave them enough honey, if not they would not have a good chance of emerging in spring and survive when they are already weakened. It's natural for bees to make new colonies, some I have are dark and others have orange on the abdomens, some are just like yours with broad pale bands. There is a native honey bee here but with the introduction of other bees they are said to have cross bred with the loss of the true original native bee but I sometimes wonder if some are still surviving without having crossed.
It must be very upsetting to see the Asian Hornets take your bees! We don't have it here, yet! There is the occasional import of foreign bugs which might cause problems, time will tell. The hornet we have is native to Britain, Vespa crabro ssp. vexator which has a yellow head, there's other subspecies around Europe. Some people see it for the first time and insist it's the Asain Hornet, it's quite big and makes a big noise but is generally quite harmless.
To have huge toads invade as well must be upsetting too! That happened in Queensland Australia, a toad was introduced to eat cane sugar beetles but it was inedible to predators and in fact killed them if eaten. Reading an article on Wiki it seems some native fauna are adapting or are not affected but the toad, some have an advantage over it as the toad doesn't have an inbuilt sense of urgency to escape like natives have learnt to do.
Thank you for the link. All that is very frightening for the coming generations in my opinion. Native wildlife cannot cope with this invadors.
I will find some pics of the asiatic hornet and links. I would like yo to see that as you have to know what this pest looks like.
Yes Janet and a thousand thanks for your help.
Here is one which should be simple to identify. A slug. In spite of my searching I did not find its name and did not see any other slug looking like this one. As I know you can get the answer...thanks again
After some searching I managed to find it, but it was a difficult one to find! I haven't come across this one although we do have it, it feeds on Clover and Lotus. I'm getting an increasing supply of both so I might see it yet.