Out the front of my house is a large, beautiful, headily scented lavender bush. It sits aside a cotoneaster and a small green maple tree. Between them they provide a haven for insects who hover and drink, for a red breasted robin who flutters in to rest before continuing his quest for food and for my old cat, Megan, who lazily watches from her hide, surveys her patch and warns off other feline intruders.
This morning the bees were dancing from branch to branch, hovering over the small glossy leaves and the shiny red berries. Where they go when they have had their fill of the sweet nectar I don’t know. But this fuzzy fellow and his friends hung around long enough for us to have a good look at them before they went on their way.
And there he goes…..
…to have a buzzy time with his friends.
Bees, butterflies and other insects are vital in the bio-diversity of our gardens and countrysides. A small patch of ground left to its own devices can provide a haven to beneficial insects. Nettles (in the sunshine) will attract butterflies and a pile of broken pots or sticks can provide shelter for them.
For more information visit the National Insect Week website. 25th June 2012 marks the beginning of National Insect Week.
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