This tiny pollen beetle is only about 3mm long. While he eats pollen, some sticks to his back and helps pollinate the next flower he goes to. They are particularly attracted to bright yellow flowers as here, on a daffodil. They cause no real harm to the plant as they are only interested in the pollen.
He is one of a number of new visitors to the garden this week, a week that has gone from cold and wet to the hottest April day for 70 years.
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Alongside the Pollen Beetles, there have been visits from Cabbage White and Peacock butterflies and the Common Red Soldier Beetle below.
It was a surprise to find one of these so early in the year as they usually arrive a month or so later. In fact the picture above was taken last June. The reason I haven’t used the photo I took this time, as the main shot, is because it wasn’t wasn’t properly in focus. But here he is anyway, peeping from the folds of a trumpet on a narcissus flower.
If you see any of these in your garden, they are your best friends. The adults spend their time munching on Aphids and the larvae are partial to slugs and snails.
In England, they go by the common name of Hogweed Bonking Beetle showing one of their favoured habitats and their favoured habit. Mating is their driving force as adults as their summer is so short.
The insect life provides the staple food for many of our feathered visitors which means they no longer need to visit the feeding station so often. They are still in the garden though, flitting through the shrubs and chattering or singing.
New to us this week was the Bullfinch, his colours quite startling against the still bare branches of the Apple tree. Unfortunately it was my second missed opportunity of the week as far as a photograph goes. He was too small to capture at the distance he was from my location. In fact Bullfinches are absent from my photographic collection altogether. I will have to remedy that.
There are no images tagged Bullfinch on Unsplash either if anyone has one they want to share.
The bright light on the sunnier days is great for bird photography. The fast shutter speed freezes motion so all the detail of the feathers shows up and you can get shots like this of a Nuthatch. A longer wait for rarer visits to the feeders is rewarded with action such as this.
The birds are showing off their finest plumage too, as they set about attracting a mate.
By the end of a week where temperatures have changed from below average to way above average, the buds on the trees have started to open creating a green haze on the brown architecture. This time of year sees huge changes for our landscape as the deciduous trees come into leaf and flowers burst forth in profusion. The fauna quickly follows suit to take advantage of a season of plenty.
Recording that change is going to keep me quite busy this week, so there should be plenty to share. I hope to see you then :-)
If you are only just finding this series, the last 10 weeks are collected together on this article
Secrets of an English Garden- The first 10 weeks
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