For some reason, the bumble bees seem more determined to visit the poppies when they closed up in the evening. More of a challenge. Once inside they buzz as if they stuck, only to reappear in no time.
This bumble buzzed me after a while, so I backed off. It was just posturing rather than being agressive. Soon went back to the poppy.
I love watching them. Regular readers please forgive me for yet another photo of a poppy. I can’t resist. They don’t last long and I am enjoying them.
Meet Violet. She eats slugs for a living. Not just any old beetle.
To top it all, she has the most amazing colourful sheen that only reveals itself if you look closely. She is a Violet Ground beetle.
Fortunately, Violet is not an uncommon beetle in the UK. Some of her kin could easily be living in your garden already, chomping their way through your slugs and other garden pests. They start young. Devouring pests even in their larvae state.
How often do we look? How often do we lump black ground beetles into the same category?
Violet’s an easy garden guest. She’ll find her own food. Nothing special. She likes to rest under leaf cover, stones and logs. Also happy to sign-in to conveniently positioned bug hotels, if provided. So if you would like one, like her, to move into your garden, you know what to do.
Joining in #30DaysWild with the Wildlife Trust