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Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 7:36pm
by cycleruk
and it moved.
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Had a few of these in the garden over the years. Always by the garage including this one.

Came home from the shops and found this little chap sheltering from the rain. Is still there a few hours later.
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Don't know which species it is ?

(click to enlarge.)

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 8:19pm
by 661-Pete
First one: Poplar Hawk Moth, I think. Nicely camouflaged. Can't identify the bee.

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 8:40pm
by 661-Pete
Talking of bees ... on our recent visit to the house in France, we discovered a nice specimen of Tongue Orchid growing in the garden:
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On closer examination there were several tiny bees (?) apparently stuck in the flowers. They were most reluctant to be dislodged. I wonder whether they went in to sample the nectar, got drunk on it, and stayed put, to sleep it off? Just a wild guess....
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I don't suppose anyone can identify the bee or explain what it's up to...?

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 8:54pm
by cycleruk
661-Pete wrote:First one: Poplar Hawk Moth, I think. Nicely camouflaged. Can't identify the bee.

The moth was camouflaged against the drive blocks and that's why I thought it was a leaf. Made me jump when it fluttered in my hand. :shock:
We have a couple of poplar trees in the garden but I have seen them on willows we have as well.
Bee is still there, now for six hours. Maybe getting heat from bricks and a dry spot out of rain.

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 9:27pm
by reohn2
Yep Poplar Hawk Moth,not surprised it made you jump if you thought it was a leaf.Big fellows aren't they? :)

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 9:28pm
by RickH
661-Pete wrote:First one: Poplar Hawk Moth, I think. Nicely camouflaged. Can't identify the bee.

I'm no expert, but the bee looks like the one identified as a Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) in this link - ginger thorax, black abdomen and white tail.

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 14 Jun 2019, 4:03pm
by Pastychomper
661-Pete wrote:...
I don't suppose anyone can identify the bee or explain what it's up to...?


I can't help with identification but I think you've about nailed what they're up to. Bees do sometimes sleep in flowers, presumably because it's a fairly safe place with breakfast on tap and close to their work. I doubt they were literally drunk, but fully fed and maybe they'd had a long flight to get there.

Years ago I used to visit a relative's house where they had passion flowers growing in the garden. Bumblebees used to fall asleep on the flowers, and if it was late in the day the flowers closed over them and the bees stayed in their little tents all night. Sounded like something out of a kids' book to me, but they did it all the same.

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 8:56am
by PDQ Mobile
661-Pete wrote:On closer examination there were several tiny bees (?) apparently stuck in the flowers. They were most reluctant to be dislodged. I wonder whether they went in to sample the nectar, got drunk on it, and stayed put, to sleep it off? Just a wild guess....


I don't suppose anyone can identify the bee or explain what it's up to

Here in Wales nearly every Bumblebee that is torpid and slow has an infestation of mites around the leg sockets. Sometimes shockingly enormous numbers on a large bee and the affected individuals always eventually succumb.
I have been so touched as to try to clear the mites away but it's probably futile.

Cold wet weather can make healthy bees quite inactive though.

Re: Went to pick up a leaf -

Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 1:07pm
by PDQ Mobile
661-Pete wrote:Talking of bees ... on our recent visit to the house in France, we discovered a nice specimen of Tongue Orchid growing in the garden:

On closer examination there were several tiny bees (?) apparently stuck in the flowers. They were most reluctant to be dislodged. I wonder whether they went in to sample the nectar, got drunk on it, and stayed put, to sleep it off? Just a wild guess....
I don't suppose anyone can identify the bee or explain what it's up to...?


Guardian Country Diary (this week) had bumblebees (sleeping in flowers!)as part of its content. In case you were interested.