Thursday, 9 April 2009

Territorial bees

A chiff chaff was hunting insects in the apple tree behind our garden. Its characteristic flitting behaviour as it grabs insects from the air alerted me to its presence.

Green caterpillar on the bush growing in pot at front of house.

The bees are still showing Territorial behaviour. Two males appeared, invariably one was chased away. Later, while a female was visiting the flowers, a male stalked it around the plant. Then grabbed the bee and flew a short distance before letting it go and chasing it off.

The black female is in the flower top centre and the brown male can be seen flying in from below right.

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