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Sea of Fleabane

sea-of-fleabane

Orchid glade is now transformed into a “fleabane sea” attracting a huge number of pollen-hungry invertebrates.  This year, instead of hundreds of peacocks, there are clouded yellow, common blue and small tortoiseshell representing the lepidoptera (with one day-flying silver-Y moth).  Bees are numerous and varied, including the neat Colletes fodiens and luckily ladybirds are out in number – although limited to the 7-spot:

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See more images in the orchid glade gallery  and check out new “meet your neighbours” images – including a delightful green shield bug (2nd instar) – via the link.

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