The West Slope


The West side of Lancing Hill can be a good place to see animals, plants and insects. Today an unexpected treat was three or four individual Dotted  Bee Flies Bombylius discolor using their long feeding tubes to take nectar on a large patch of Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea.  

Bee-fly feeding on Ground Ivy

Bee-fly feeding on Ground Ivy

Dotted Bee-fly

Dotted Bee-fly

Bee fly feeding on Ground Ivy

Bee fly feeding on Ground Ivy

Also feeding there were  Honey Bees, Red Tailed BumblebeeBuff-Tailed  Bumblebee and I believe a Queen Common Carder Bee.

Queen Common Carder Bee on Ground Ivy

Queen Common Carder Bee on Ground Ivy

Many small patches of flowering Violets were seen.
A Peacock butterfly briefly settled on the ground in a warm sunny spot.

A few yards away a clump of Blackthorn was showing in full flower

Blackthorn coming into flower

Blackthorn coming into flower

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