Monday, 8 August 2016

Fascinating Pollinating Insects in Prunella's Patch...

So many different insects play an important roll in the pollination of plants in Prunella's Patch. 
Saturday came and Prunella was so excited!
Why you may ask?
Well she finally caught a little Leaf-cutter Bee in action on her sweet smelling Buddleja Davidii...

Fascinating to watch and very quick indeed! 

Later in the day she spotted a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly on her Hibiscus Bluebird...

Very beautiful and thankfully harmless. 
It is  also known as the 'Belted Hoverfly' and is the largest hoverfly in Britain, almost 2cm in length. A very rare visitor to the country up to the 1940s. In recent years however, it has become more common in southern England and is spreading northwards, perhaps as a result of climate change. The adults are migratory and the larvae live inside a wasp's nest. 

After all the excitement of the day Prunella decided to sit in her favourite pink chair but guess who had beaten her to it and was busy warming himself in the afternoon sunshine.
A Red Admiral Butterfly.
Isn't he handsome...


Until the next time, 
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  1. Oh my goodness, your posts never cease to amaze me! :) Wonderful photos (and videos!) of insects and wonderful flowers.
    Hibiscus syriacus was one of my favourite plants when living in Italy, but I have never seen such a deep, heavenly blue one like your Bluebird.
    Thank you very much for sharing. Have a lovely week! Big hugs! <3

  2. Hello, lovely post and photos. The insect captures are amazing. I love the pretty butterfly. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  3. How cool that was to watch. Amazing.
    Nice crisp and clear photos of the bees and butterfly and beautiful blooms.
    I got stung by a yellow jacket today!

  4. OMG! That video looks amazing! How on earth did you manage to shoot it! The blue Hibiscus is out of this world. Aahh!!! Happy August days to Prunella!

    1. Thank you for telling me how the video was made! Amazing modern technology!

  5. Thanks for the video ! It is amazing in which speed such a small insect destroyed a leaf. Beautiful photos from the Admiral, in my garden I see him often. Because of the butterflies I have a planted buddleja, it is wonderful to watch .Have a nice week, Carmen

  6. Hello!:) I have never seen a blue Hibiscus before, it is a devine shade of blue and very beautiful. Blue is my favourite flower colour. Amazing clip/ photo of the Leaf-cutter bee, seems like a hungry little fellow, I really enjoyed watching him devour the leaf. All your photos are so sharp and beautiful. I see many kinds of Hover flies and Red Admirals in my garden, and it was a pleasure to see them here too. Have a good week!:)

  7. Hello, thanks for the information and for sharing your beautiful photos!
    Enjoy your evening....

  8. Amazing!<3 Did you have to wait hours to get these photos and video?;D

  9. Gorgeous flowers and butterflies and bee Prunella. And thank you for your kind words in your recent comment. Appreciate them so much :)

  10. So much to love about Prunella's Saturday - blue sky, amazing blue hibiscus and awesome footage of the leaf cutter bee.

  11. Always learn so much from you, Prunella! Love the photos and fun information about your little visitors. I don't know if I would like to spend my infancy in a wasp's nest, though ! :0 Love the blue hibiscus. xx

  12. So interesting and colourful too. I shall have to keep a look out for those leaf cutters.

  13. A very nice photo serie..great job ...
    Greetings, Karin

  14. Oh my God. Beautiful are your photos.
    Very interesting post.

  15. Very lovely post.

  16. Beautiful flowers but specially to see leaf cutter bee. Good Day.

  17. that purple really goes well with her red hair. awesome photos and the bee is amazing

  18. Amazing how fast the leaves cutter bee does its job. Lovely photos of bees and butterfly and beautiful flowers.

  19. As the Leaf-cutter Bee is fast !!!!! Very cool to be seeing her work !!!!!
    The flowers from your garden are very gorgeous, Prunella !!!!
    And that butterfly more beautiful !!!!!
    Have a great day !!!!
    A meow of Frida

  20. What a lovely post and gorgeous photo's.
    The red admiral is stunning.

    I hope you've had a great week - enjoy the weekend.

    All the best Jan

  21. love the moving shot and the butterfkies are gorgeous. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  22. Nice to live up dining.
    Great pictures!
    Have a nice weekend!

  23. Buddleia is already past its best but everyday we still get Peacocks and Red Admirals to watch. I'd better look our for those leaf cutters in amongst the hoverflies we get. Thank you for shraing that video Prunella.

  24. Hello Prunella, the moving photo of the leaf cutter is amazing. I love the blooms and the pretty butterfly. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  25. Very neat to see that leaf cutter in action! We had boring bees at an old cabin years ago and they can make a hole in the wood in a matter of minutes! Hugs, Diane

  26. o, you have a Red admiral? I have not seen them yet and miss them :(

  27. Such beautiful flowers and butterflies !!
    Lovely post !!

  28. how nice, you have an Admiral! I have not seen any this year :(

  29. This is a great fun post :-)
    The insects take it well lol ....
    Nice to see the insects away. The vlidners you also can shoot beautiful. A cheerful and nicely colored blog.

    A hug


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