On the few occasions recently when the Sun has shone my heather plants have been swarming with bees. I would guess they are coming from a local smallholding where there are lots of bee hives. They were making the most of a sunny period with the temperature reaching 14˚C.
I only saw one bumble bee. Usually it has been the opposite, lots of bumble bees and few honey bees.
They were not alone - seemingly basking in the Sun was this lone hairy caterpillar:
It appears to be the caterpillar of the Ruby Tiger Moth which feeds on heather, amongst other things. The adult can be seen here on the ukmoths site.
Friday comes round again.
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