Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Nesting in Nectar

Buff-tailed humble bee
Autumn comes and we leave behind the buzz of the bee but here in a photo of summer the search for nectar is in full flow. This species of bee usually make their nests under the ground.
Large Skipper butterfly
This nimble skipper darting from flower to flower both patrolling and taking nectar, its distinctive spread  wings in resting attitude, although they can close their wings above the body like other butterflies. They are particularly fond of nectar from Bramble and Thistle.
Gedgrave Road, Gedgrave, Suffolk
 This hedgerow does not have any bramble but it does have a nesting post box which I did not notice until I
Post Box Number IP12 6369 Gedgrave, Suffolk
went to get a closer shot and a lot of droning and wings flying about my head made me make a hasty retreat.
The population of Gedgrave is 30.  I suspect they don't use this postbox a lot. Brings a new meaning to air mail. 
The nearby field had lots of sunflower nectar on tap.  The flowers are facing east like my camera. 

An entry to ABC Wednesday. A journey through the alphabet.


Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of great variety.

VioletSky said...

The nesting post box tickled my fancy... from a distance!

Leslie: said...

Lots of neat photos here! Love the shot of the red mailbox nestled in the greenery!

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

Seriously, I don't think most folks understand the importance of this activity.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Neat mailbox! Wow! ~ Fantastic photography ~ perfect for ABC ~ ( A Creative Harbor)

Carver said...

Nectar is a great word for N. The shots are all very beautiful. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Chubskulit Rose said...

I love the shot with sunflowers.

Nuggets of Wisdom
Rose, ABC Wednesday

photowannabe said...

We haven't seen enough bees in our area...I hope it won't turn into Silent Spring.
Love the sunflower photo. Beautiful.

Paula Scott said...

That was kind of funny that the post box had tenants! Glad they weren't angry at you. The countryside is always beautiful there and the sunflower field is breathtaking.

mrsnesbitt said...

Love the postbox - a lifeline in our village.
Denise ABC Team

Cheri said...

I love those sunflowers! However, that post box with its inhabitants gave me the willies!