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Country diary: sharing a home with the buttercup bees

15.06.2019
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Marshwood Vale, Dorset: A cloud of tiny black bees fizzing outside the bedroom window tells us summer is hereFor me, the real sign of summer at home is not the swallows looping in and out the shed, stitching the sky together, or the second brood in the moss-ball wren's nest lodged in the rose by the door, or even bats flickering in the never-quite-dark. It's a cloud of tiny black bees fizzing outside the bedroom window.These are sleepy carpenter bees (Chelostoma florisomne). "Florisomne" means flower-sleeper and in poor weather they can sometimes be found curled up inside buttercup flowers, using the closed petals as a shelter. They are a type of solitary bee, although there appears to be nothing solitary, or sleepy, about this active crowd. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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