Bug Life

On day 310 of 365 Days Wild I wandered down to the meadow in search of some bug-life amongst the Spring growth.

The first thing that I spotted was a Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) on the dandelions. Many people see dandelions as just an annoying weed that needs to be torn out and disposed of, but they’re a great flower for early pollinators.

Next I spotted what is either a Migrant Hover Fly (Eupeodes corollae) or a Black-tailed Aphideater (Eupeodes luniger), but I’m not sure which. It was enjoying the blackthorn blossom.

My favourite sighting, however, was a Cream-streaked ladybird (Harnonia quadripunctata) on one of the Scots Pine tree, their favourite habitat. I’ve never seen one of these before.

Have you hunted for any bugs recently? Let me know in the comments below.

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