25 August 2014

Singleton Park botanic gardens

Myathropa florea
After reading so much negative news about bumblebees in recent years I was pleasantly surprised to see good numbers of our commoner bumblebee species, namely Buff-tailed Bombus terrestris, Red-tailed B. lapidarius, Small Garden B. hortorum, Common Carder B. pascuorum and the now well-established Tree Bee B. hypnorum, all during a gentle stroll through the botanic gardens at Singleton. Hoverflies were also well represented including this fine Death's-head Hoverfly Myathropa florea (shown above).

1 comment:

Sylvia Mawby said...

It is good to hear the bumble bees are thriving in Swansea. Worryingly few around the flowers in my garden (Warwick) this year although a few more butterflies than usual earlier on.

I love Singleton Park. I can never quite believe it is a municipal park for us all to enjoy rather than the parkland and gardens of a private stately home. Well done to the Council gardeners and thanks for reminding me of the happy strolls of yesteryear.