Posted by: Ross Gardner | April 6, 2013

Three Small Insects

It is not without some relief that I heard the buzz of spring once again in the garden.  An Early-nesting Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) queen flying past the kitchen door encouraged me to grab the camera and spend a short while relishing the thankfully mild April air and tentative spring sunshine.  It seems to have been so cold for so long that the modest 9 or 10 degrees Celsius felt rather more than it actually was.

At last the Lesser Celandine flowers dazzled, fully opened to the sunlight; too attention grabbing and tempting for the Dronefly (Eristalis tenax), nectaring unhurriedly, perhaps drinking up the relative warmth as much as  it was the sweetness within.  A quiet, concerted buzzing drew me towards the hellebores that have long been offering up their downward hanging blooms throughout the later weeks of winter and the early ones of spring, where I found a Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) at work.

Just three small insects, but with a far greater affect on the onlooker than their diminutive stature.

A Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) on Lesser Celandine.  Copright 2013 Ross Gardner.

A Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) on Lesser Celandine. Copright 2013 Ross Gardner.

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