The weather still looked unreliable and so I only risked venturing as far as the local (Stefen Hill) pocket park. It soon became clear that the kneeling mat was unnecessary and for a quarter of an hour or so I enjoyed pleasant sunshine. The sun was also being appreciated by Red-tailed Bumblebees, Bombus lapidarius, several females of which were seen. It is a distinctive, rather large and common species.
|Red-tailed Bumblebee at Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 6 April, 2019|
In some cases they were in the grass, perhaps investigating potential nesting sites. The colonies may eventually contain as many as 300 workers and they will store pollen rather than nectar for their brood.
This leaf mine is the work of 'Stigmella aurella'. I will go no further
than that. Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 6 April, 2019
The ubiquitous nature of this 'species' can be judged by the numerous
mines borne by bramble leaves. 6 April, 2019
As is usually the case, the identification of several species found will be a microscope job, so I may have to miss 'Footballers Wives Bake Off On Ice'. The sacrifices we entomologists are forced to make!