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Heatwave October

Heatwave October

Anyone wanting to grow saffron should not leave their garden in October.  Of course, that is exactly what I did to catch up with the family in the U.K. but I was lucky and I don’t think I had lost too many of the flowers when I returned a couple of days ago. I was … Continue reading

A January day

A January day

These photographs bear witness to the strange weather we are having this January. The Red Admiral and the Comma are butterflies that over-winter here, and the honey bees don’t have to stay tucked up in their hives for too long but the weather is staying exceptionally mild. It is so mild the queen bumble bees … Continue reading

New Species of Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee

New Species of Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee

As you can clearly see this is a Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee, a hitherto unknown and undescribed species of Carpenter Bee. No, only joking, the Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee doesn’t exist, but she did look authentic. She does really look as if the yellow tail is part of her but I have been watching her nectar orgy … Continue reading

Laid back carpenter bee

Laid back carpenter bee

I took this photograph of a carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) in early April this year in the garden.  I was delighted to see the return of these huge black bees who took delight in piercing the wisteria flowers to “steal” the nectar. I am surprised that they are not universally liked as they are not aggressive, … Continue reading