Today has been forecast as one ruled by the sun unobstructed by clouds, temperatures can go from 15-19C! and its true so far, I see a beautiful open sky and the rising sun. I do hope that will be for you too! The night was very cold though and its only 2C.
Your B.terrestris queen is so very round, I have the impression that mine is also fat but more elongated. Beautiful shots!
Chamaepsila atra has a strange head, it looks like it has been pressed!
and I see like a kind of African mask on the belly of the possibly Sigara beetle with only one big eye
Poor you! I almost feel guilty it was a gorgeous day over here, nearly 20C in the afternoon. I have seen the first Bombus lapidarius queen, she didn't want to sit for me though, another new one for this year is Eupeodes corollae or E. luniger, it was a far distance shot, maybe when I load the picture I can still find out which of the two...
The sun did come out this afternoon but it only got to about 10C, the chill air and haze soon set in again. I saw a couple of bumbles and the female Andrena clarkella spent ages trying to get into her covered nest, poor thing couldn't find the entrance but she succeeded in the end. It's really strange that she takes no notice of me, they are often wary, the males took no notice either but I only saw one today.
I'll bet your Eupeodes was luniger, that's the one I have seen. I think E. corollae appears later but I could be proven wrong.
I'll dream of 20C temperatures, tomorrow is forecast to be 12C but will we get it? When forecasts for several days have been for 14-16C and we have been getting 6-7C I'm not holding my breath. I think we had some nice warm weather when you were getting what we have been getting Myriam so you don't have to feel guilty, we seem to get equal share in the end if not at the same time.
You're right it was Eupeodes luniger! I have been thinking the same about our equal share in bad weather at the end..
Today starts dull but this afternoon is supposed to get sunny again , the following days will be back to chilly and mainly dull ..
Mrs. Osmia cornuta, they are bigger than the males, some of the males almost fit twice in one female..
Love Mrs. Osmia cornuta, she looks so sweet. It's the same with Osmia bicolor, the males look like a child riding on their back!
Vespula vulgaris queen is correct, I have seen one too.
Lovely shots of E. balteatus, they always look so fairy like. She was certainly enjoying your Crocus and Scabious. It's very early for a Scabious to be in flower? I think it must have been forced.
We have a dull day but it's a whole 9C, once more they are giving us sun, it remains to be seen if it appears. The next two days will be around 11C with cloud and rain, I think they will be correct with the cloud but I wonder if we will get rain. Oh well, spring happens even if only in small doses.