Monday, 6 April 2009
More bees and bee-fly
The female bee Anthophora plumipes is still visiting the flowers. There were two females at one time, but they seemed to tolerate each other. The brown coloured male has also been appearing on occasions, usually when the female was not there.
However, on one occasion they were both on the plant at the same time as the male chased the female right out of the garden.
I noticed a bee-fly visiting the same flowers, probing them with its proboscis. I have never seen them feeding from plants before. A speckled wood butterfly was sunning itself in the garden.
I found a dead Anthophora plumipes on the path near the plants this evening. I moved it to the decking to take this photograph.