Monthly Archives: March 2017

Lots and lots of tadpoles

The tadpoles have hatched and are growing quickly. They are concentrating themselves in dense clumps in the shallower water at one end of the garden pond. I suspect as they get bigger they will begin to move out.

Tadpoles

Tadpoles

In the picture below you can see some of the braver ones!

Tadpoles

Tadpoles

You can click here to learn a bit more about our Irish frogs.

Bumblebee hitchhikers

Regular readers may remember my post about the first bumblebees and may remember this photo.

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Some of you noticed the bee was carrying some little passengers and we were wondering if they would be detrimental to the bumble. I have since learned that these little mites are called phoretic mites (Parasitellus). The mites are just hitchhikers and will not harm the bee. They are a non-feeding nymph stage of the adult mites. They over-winter on the queen bees. Once the queen establishes a nest the mites drop off. They remain in the nest,  feeding on the nest detritus, a sort of live-in nest cleaner for the bees.

 

 

Spring Equinox

Thanks to bythebrinny for reminding me that it is the spring equinox today here in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s funny how we like to put labels on days. And every year those labels seem to increase,  so that today we have all sorts of days from International day of happiness (also today) to Memory Day (tomorrow), or Puppy day (Thursday).

However, it does at least make sense (to me anyway) to celebrate the spring equinox. The word equinox actually refers to the time the sun is directly over the equator.  And for 2017 that was 10.28 on the 20th March. With approximately 12 hours light and 12 hours dark, it seems a good time to consider the start real start of spring. So happy Equinox everyone

Damson blossom

Luck of the Irish

Well the luck of the Irish wasn’t with us today for our local St Patrick’s Day Parade but how great that everyone still came out – both those participating and onlookers. I just loved this yellow bee hive made from yellow drainage pipe.

And despite the rain there was lots of colour and great messages.

Daily Prompt: Luck