Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Buff tailed queen and courting frogs.

The milder weather again has brought about more activity in the garden. A queen buff tailed bee made regular visits to our pulmonaria plant (Margery Fish) next to the pond.
The queen of this species has a distinctive buff coloured 'tail'

The pond is full of frogs, which react by diving when ever I get near the pond to count them. I have managed to count 15 so far before they all disapear in a frenzy (this photograph was taken from the window).

Many of the frogs are engaged in courtship. (Two males and a female below)
As usual there is a wide variety in the colour, shade and markings of the frogs - but all are common frogs.

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