A Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) drinks nectar from an opening Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) flower.
A western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collects nectar from a pale rose flower.
These important pollinators are vital to human food production.
Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii) moth on grass head.
Note: Some individuals have the spots fused (as here) whilst others may show the spots distinctly.
Hare (Lepus europaeus) or Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), sometimes I’m asked about differentiating them. a picture is always a helpful reference ..
Better Together, communities of wildflowers. Bluebells, Red Campion & Stitchwort light up the margins of a spring meadow.
A Dandelion Clock – the ripe seed head of Taraxacum officinale – waiting for a gust of wind, like escape pods strung to silken parachutes.
Bluebells – Spring brings a divine blue mist to the woodland floor and a sweet heady scent to match.
Pushing Forward – The Dog Violet (Viola riviniana) pushes her beautiful little flowers to the fore, hoping to attract an early insect pollinator. Particularly valuable for Fritillary butterflies.
Blackthorn Beauty – The early spring blossom of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), a valuable starter for bees that have survived the winter.
A Female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) on route between her soil nest & the spring blossoms above.
Ysgo Falls – At the western tip of the Lleyn, a waterfall crashes on to the beach.
Mobile Homes – Barnacles on Whelk. A small colony of Barnacles had evidently hitched a ride on this Whelk (for whom the burden has become too great).