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Old 10-05-2020, 03:26 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
Martin Brown[_2_] Martin Brown[_2_] is offline
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On 09/05/2020 18:03, Jeff Layman wrote:
On 09/05/20 17:04, m06een00 wrote:
Where have all the insects gone?

It's been warm and sunny here for the past few days, and I haven't seen
a single bee or hoverfly around. Normally there would be loads of them
flying about at this time of year in these conditions. Even cabbage
whites are in abundance around now and I've just seen one today briefly.

Where are you?

Large numbers of honey bees and other bees (bumblebees and other
solitary bees) here in Hampshire. Also lots of butterflies. In the last
few days I've seen a Brimstone, a* couple of Large Tortoiseshells, and a
couple of Holly Blues, and really haven't been looking for them. One or
two wasps, but no hoverflies. It's still very early in the year despite
the warm weather.

Haven't seen any hover flies yet but most of the rest are here now
together with the stupid little beetles that ping off the windscreen.
Swallows, swifts and house martins also arrived this week to eat the
abundant insects. Heard the first curlew too. (in North Yorkshire)

Quite a lot of big bumblebees so far this year. Most of the usual
butterflies have put in an appearance- comma, tortoiseshell, peacock.
(as well as more boring vegetable eating ones)

Lily beetles have also arrived

Martin Brown