I'm getting my weather from yesterday too! The forecast has gone from 15 to 14C maximum for today, it says we have a full sun with some haze and 6C. The 6C is correct, I guess the sun is somewhere behind that very heavy haze!
The warm spell we ahd around 23rd February must have brought out the Ophioninae wasp, along with all the bees.
There's an account of Isotoma anglicana on Steve Hopkin's site, I have I. viridis too but I can't be certain of this one.
I need more Scabiosa but they don't live for long in my garden, they prefer alkaline.
I need to think about planting more Crocus this autumn too, it's a shame they bulk up so well then seem to dwindle. The self set species I have might do OK in other places, it bulks quickly but I have a feeling it prefers the place under the tree with plenty of rotted leaves.
I had a Scabiosa Perfecta Blue which I grew from seed, very expensive seed and I got one plant as the rest of the seed had no embryo! It lasted more than a year, it had a seedling next to it but the lot just disappeared one year.
Wonderful shots of the honey bee!
Mrs.Meliscaeva auricollis is showing her spots better, the male does look like her partner. You got his eyes in focus, that's what matters.
The Chestnut, Conistra vaccinii .. inside on two occasions on 23rd & early hours of 26th February. The worn one was on my mohair cardigan on the wash line late at night on 26th! Again, I have fresh ones turn up at the same time as worn ones almost as if they hob nob together.
The day started very dull and chilly but later in the afternoon the sun came out.
Today I have seen a couple of honeybees, of course O.cornuta, E.tenax, E.balteatus and most important the Bumble queens of B.pratorum and B.hypnorum besides the queen of the already present B.terrestris, I saw them on the sunny balcony feeding on Cyclamen which are still in full bloom fortunately!
Which means that they really return, I am still missing the queens of B.pascuorum and B.lapidarius..( it is the first year I recognize them with ease! )
Your Scabiosa Perfecta Blue looks like the species Scabiosa caucasica, they seem to be more difficult to keep, I never managed to keep them alive for longer than two years and usually only one year.
You have already so many moth species, amazing!
I have seen a bigger one (couldn't figure out which one) about a week ago inside the corridor on the wall, but the time I got the camera it was gone, maybe it overwintered inside the house..
Oh that is really a beautiful ale bubble Anthomyiidae was burping! hik!
I see Apis mellifera is also enjoying the Mohonia!
Somehow the barkfly egg webbing looks familiar, I really thought I had a photo of something very similar, but couldn't find it back..
Today was the first day my B.hypnorum queen showed up!
Do you have a Salix Janet? I have been thinking of getting one, but of course one that stays small..
We had sun too, all for about 5 seconds! Another day the same with mostly 6C.
I still haven't seen B.pascuorum either, nor B. hortorum. If it ever warms up again it should be time for them to show themselves.
I also missed a moth, what a tragedy. It was on the door outside when I got up, but when I went to get the camera it was already moving and had disappeared by the time I got there! I'm not sure which it was but it wasn't a common one.
It really is late for your bees to turn up! You need Mahonia.
I don't have Salix but there is some nearby somewhere, and my neighbour has a grafted Hakuro Nishiki but the graft part died and grew from the stem which is a robust ordinary Salix. This year it has a lot of catkins which are also popular with bees, I don't think I could accommodate one of those too.
I managed to get the pdf this time, it doesn't help a lot though! Mine seems to have a paler V shape on the head but the tail colour isn't darker..