Wildflower Meadow

At the weekend, as a break from studying, I spent an hour sat taking photos in a wildflower meadow.

An hour passed by very quickly while watching the Red Kites and Buzzards soar high on the thermals and butterflies flitting from flower to flower.

Only some of the early flowers have started to appear but even so with the sun shining overhead the grass was alive with insects, especially solitary bees.

Most of the UK’s bees are solitary bees and with 267 species of bee in the UK I had to ask on Twitter which type of bees I’d taken photos of.

Solitary bees do not have a queen or live in colonies. They do nest close to each other and in the clip you can see how many are on the ground.

 

Solitary bees do not produce honey or wax.

Solitary bees are brilliant pollinators as they don’t have pollen baskets to carry pollen so they drop lots, therefore pollinating as they go.

Two types I saw were the Yellow-legged Mining-bee (Andrena flavipes) and the Buffish Mining Bee (Andrena nigroaenea)

The wildflower meadow was made up of the following plants; Yarrow, Common Knapweed, Ladys bedstraw, meadow vetchling, Oxeye daisy, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cowslip, Sealheal, Meadow Buttercup, Yellow rattle, Red Clover, Bladder campion and Common Sorrel.

 

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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10 Responses to Wildflower Meadow

  1. Pradish says:

    Very small in size but those all are essential part of food chain. Great you wrote on this topic

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  2. Pingback: Appletons Wildlife Diary – Wildflower Meadow – Wildonline.blog

  3. Pench says:

    Thanks for the information about Solitary bees. It was a great write up

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  4. Saurabh says:

    Great snaps. Wildlife photography is very rare talent few people have

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  5. It has taken me years to learn that staying still in one spot and really looking shows you more wildlife than there is to be seen when rushing about. It seems you have had the good fortune to learn this much younger! Congratulations ! Stay still and keep watching.

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  6. Pip Gray says:

    Great pics! Whenever I get that close to a bee they fly off, I can spend ages chasing round bees trying to identify them haha.

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  7. Your hour in the meadow was well spent – photos are stunning! Great close-ups!

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