May Pollinators

As May finally warms up the pollinators are returning in force to the garden. Top attractions are the fruit blossoms, dandelions and comfrey. I wish I could share the smell of the crab apple blossom. The tree is white with blossom and smells divine. It’s popular not only with the honeybees but also at least three different hoverflies. As always the bees are just loving the comfrey. It is also a good place to find the hoverfly Rhingia campestris. This is an easily identified hoverfly here in Ireland as it is our only one with a long snout!

Bee numbers are still low with few workers about, but hopefully the warmer temperatures will result in more.

Butterflies numbers are low too – mainly orange tips and whites at the moment.

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17 thoughts on “May Pollinators

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      The flower is comfrey – many of our bumbles seem to really like it, and it has long flowering season which is another great benefit.

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  1. bythebriny

    Nice shots! It’s great to see the bees emerging. They are going crazy here, and especially love the wild roses which are blooming all over the island. I often see two or three bees competing over the same flower!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Our wild roses – we call them dog roses here – are a while off flowering yet but I do remember from last year seemed to be a favourite of just one of bumbles the early bumblebee:)

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  2. Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Oh for a crabapple! Sadly my resident dear population will have none of it – or all of it, depending on how you look at it. Enjoy your wonderful tree!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Sorry to here that the deer are keeping you crabapple free – mine is really putting on a huge display this year:)

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Good to hear your bee and butterfly numbers are good. Both had bad year here last year as we had poor summer so I hope they fair better this year.

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  3. gaiainaction

    Interesting, I’ve seen quite a few bumblebees and even a few bees in our garden, they are feasting on the flowers of the brassicas which are all in flower because we were not here to eat the vegetables, and so the garden is totally overgrown and in flower, to their and my delight. Beautiful photos above. I so hope we get to see more bees and butterflies this summer.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Flowering brassicas are great for bees – they love them in my garden too so I also let them go to flower after I have harvested from them!

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  4. Lori Fontanes

    Thank you for planting for pollinators!!! I left our kale overwinter & it is blooming right now along with a bit of Brussels sprouts that came back to life in the compost bed. PS, dandelion great for pollinators, too, since they are one of the earliest flowering plants. Just get them before they go to seed & you’re good!

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