Winter flowering shurbs – Appendix

As promised, here are a few photos of some winter visitors to the garden. They were all taken at the tail end of January; low afternoon sun and midwinter warmth released indecent wafts of perfume from Lonicera x purpusii, calling in all the hibernal foragers in the area.

There were lots of these chaps, which I assume are honey bees but stand happy to be corrected:

Over the whole plant the bee count was well into double figures. It proved rather difficult to count with any accuracy but suffice to say, there were a surprising number for January.

A few bumblebees were coming and going:

Buff-tailed bumblebees, I think.

Hanging out with the bees, I spotted this hoverfly:

And finally, the pièce de résistance, a Red admiral. Fluttering freely along where it had no right to be!

My invertebrate identification skills leave much to be desired, so don’t take my word for it on any of those names.

That’s all for now, see you next time!

4 thoughts on “Winter flowering shurbs – Appendix”

  1. Always a good time to see the first visitors on the flowers, just before the start of spring. You are lucky to have been able to take photos of that butterfly because here I only have bumblebees and bees at the moment.

  2. Winter honeysuckle is a great plant. I’ve had bumble bees on mine all winter but rather worryingly I’ve not seen any honey bees this winter and I’ve never seen a butterfly enjoying its flowers – wow.

    1. It is certainly a favourite with the pollinators – it attracts many more than any of the other winter flowering shrubs. Funnily enough I haven’t seen many honey bees generally, but they were out in force on that one particular day.

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