A Greedy Bee and Some Frisky Butterflies

A lovely sunny afternoon emerged after a dull start to the day. Ideal for spending some time in the garden; and evidently ideal for the host of insects that came out to enjoy some time in the sun.

We’re fortunate to have plenty of bees in the garden. They have a particular taste for the hibiscus bush, so much so that it is a small wonder they can even fly.

Bee on hibiscus covered in pollen

Bee on hibiscus covered in pollen

Not all of them are quite so greedy. This bee was enjoying a taste of wild marjoram.

Bee on wild marjoram

All the time the gentle buzz of bees was punctuated by the percussive chatter of grasshoppers.

Common grasshopper

As for the butterflies, I saw painted ladies, small whites, a couple of red admirals, several blues (different species), a speckled wood and numerous amorous large whites.

Speckled Wood butterfly

Speckled Wood

These are the large whites. They were darting all over the garden whilst engaging in a courtship ritual where the female rests and the male dances around her. The female’s raised abdomen is actually a ‘rejection’ posture as it makes mating impossible. This is a common feature in butterfly behaviour, and she may well have already mated.

Pair of large white butterflies in mating dance.

Pair of large white butterflies in mating dance.

Pair of large white butterflies in mating dance.

Camera note: greedy bee taken with the Canon 7D and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM; marjoram bee, grasshopper and speckled wood taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens; and the mating large white butterflies with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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