Spring day: Spring Bees and Butterlies at BC.....
It is said, Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Currant) was introduced into cultivation by Scottish botanist David Douglas in the 19th century, from its native North America. Whatever the case, its place in the garden as an ornamental shrub with very attractive Spring flowers is a very good source of food for early bees and other insects.
On a beautiful warm Spring day (15th) the bees’ attention to the Ribes was represented by four species: Honey Bee Apis mellifera, Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Tree Bumblebee B. hypnorum and Early Bumblebee B. pratorum. Interest was also shown in Grape Hyacinths Muscari species, particularly by early bumblebees and brief visits to Daffodils Narcissus species/cultivar.
Butterflies were also on the wing and two each of Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were seen.
For the sixth day now, a male Chaffinch has been flying into the window’s glass, all windows and patio doors on the building have had this attention. Initially, it was thought that this was a reaction to the finches’ reflection, seeing it as a threat from another male, which has been seen on several occasions, particularly with car wing mirrors. However, it soon became apparent that the chaffinch was in fact picking-off small insects, probably midge species from the glass. A certain number of these entered the building whilst the patio doors were open and they were not the non-biting species!