Apis melifera, a colourful one this time, there where a lot and maybe from a hive in the neighbourhood. Since some years they discovered that the honeybees are doing better in town than on the country side, quite some people have hives now to produce honey even in the center of town!
This must be a wild one..
It's similar to yesterday here, sun has been off and on all day for a few seconds but is now shining more late in the day. It's still windy though! I keep going out for short spells but there isn't much about, it's very pleasant at 17C all the same.
If your Bombus hortorum was more like 25mm than 20mm it could be B. ruderatus Myriam, although the hairs look a little too shaggy for that.
What a beauty Tettigonia viridissima teenager is! She has a very nice pattern on her tummy, nice shots.
I really would love to see Oedemera nobilis, all I get to see is a female O. lurida. He is very photogenic on Medicago sativa, such an interesting colour that is too!
I think the Megachile is willughbiella Myriam, the hairs are more brown and they show up like that from some angles.
I don't think my Vicia is cracca, or cracker, but I bought seeds once which made very tiny flowers on weak plants. I have two sorts of Vicia in the garden, one grows tall but has very small white tinted blue flowers. I have seen some insects on that lately, the other might attract insects but it seems the Geraniums are taking priority.
I find Bombus lapidarius workers like clover, also Campanula and Geraniums. Yours has brown pollen, which is what my tiny B. pascuorum have when feeding on white clover, I wonder if it has brown pollen?
Hi beech, I was wondering where you had got to, lost in the wilderness taking photos I guess.
I agree you have B. terrestris male, chubby fella too. Which Hebe was he feeding on, it looks like Hebe?
Beautiful shot of the fly! It's a male Therevidae, I always get Thereva nobilitata, got one the last two days but it looks worn unless it's another species. Yours doesn't look worn so much as silvery! I feel a jealous streak coming on.
There is a key, but you might need to see leg bristles and a few other details, silver hairs and halteres with pale clubs leads to Acrosathe.
Hi Beech, I am also jealous of your interesting ghostly male Therevidae! Lovely shots too of your B.terrestris male!
Thanks Janet! Vicia cracca is really a very attractive plant! If they let them set seed I surely will collect some, would you like some too? I'm thinking of growing them in a hanging pot on the wall on the balcony next year..