How's your tree following?
(Oedemera (Oedemera) nobilis)
When I chose my clump of elderberry trees I decided to follow a particular leaf bud on one of them. 'This,' I thought 'will be interesting'.
At first, it was. But once the leaf had opened, it got stuck where it was. Everything else grew. I keep returning to the tree to photographing the non-growing leaf - but the results are hardly riveting. I've been back to take pictures of the flowers - then they were cut off by the council as it came by on its annual trim back. Most of the blossom was shaken off when they did it so there are spikes where the flowers were and very few berries.
Fortunately, there are others close nearby so I'll add what happens to them in my extended tree.
Already we were coming to the end of National Insect Week and I had already taken a few pictures of insects that morning and the day before so I hurried home and . . . began to find out (with the help of iSpot) what they are.
On blackberry flowers (where the fruits are already forming)
|Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)|
a Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
And sharing a (Spear?) thistle;
on the right, a Garden Bumble bee(Bombus hortorum)
and, on the left, a Common Carder bee
(Bombus (Thoracombus) pascuorum)
Single roses in the hedgerow
are host to Shield Bugs mating
or waiting (?) in the sunshine, on hips already forming
a Lagria Hirta (which, I think, is also called a 'Darkling Beetle', beautiful name, no?).
As for the tree following? Can't let go of the Sycamore. Some of the ivy has been stripped from it or cut - but, here it is still, being magnificent!
I expect I should have posted this a week ago. Never mind - here's a Happy Insect Week; after all, insects are here every week.