Great article and wonderful pics :p
The start of spring has been a pretty dull and wet affair, but it just takes an occasional bit of sunshine to make the flowers bloom and the bees buzz.
This red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, was sashaying her shimmering red bum in the sunshine.
They are very distinctive and easy to recognise bees. The workers have the same colouring as the queen, black with a red bottom,but are smaller, whereas the males have additional yellow faces and a yellow stripe on their thorax.You can see how fuzzy she is when she poses nicely for a rim-lit photo.
I think the other bumblebee is a queen buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. Confusingly the males and workers have white bottoms.
As you can see the flowering currant is still flowering.
The daffodils finally bloomed.
Despite the rain they kept their heads held high.
The primroses are still going strong.
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