September 2020

There’s still an abundance of flowers around in people’s gardens, which is inspiring as there are still lots of pollinators around.  

Common carder bee - Bombus pascuorum

Bees were loving this Caryopteris (heavenly blue).  Lots of Carder Bees which are one of three all-ginger bumblebees to be a member of the ‘Big 7’ widespread and abundant species, it is found in a wide range of habitats across the UK, including gardens. The earliest of the carders to emerge in spring, and usually the latest-flying of the bumblebees from summer nests.  More..


Photo – Chloe Cox – Theescombe

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

The Small Copper is usually seen in ones and twos, but in some years large numbers may be found at good sites. Males are territorial, often choosing a piece of bare ground or a stone on which to bask and await passing females. They behave aggressively towards any passing insects, returning to the same spot when the chase is over.  More…

Photo – Graeme Davis – Doverow Farm

Small White Butterfly - (Pieris rapae)

The Small White, along with the Large White, can claim the title of “Cabbage White” that is the bane of allotment holders all over the British Isles although the damage caused by this species is significantly less than that of the Large White  more…

Photo – Graeme Davis  – The Bridle

Ivy bee - Colletes hederae

The ivy bee is a new arrival to the UK. First recorded here in 2001, it is slowly spreading north. It feeds mainly on the nectar of ivy flowers and can be seen in autumn when this plant is in bloom.  more…

Photo – Graeme Davis – Doverow farm