Common Carder-bee

It was a second visit to Milton Keynes for Pete and me - recording our remaining quadrats in very autumnal feeling weather - damp and grey again. I didn't even take a camera with me and was glad to get back home for a hot cup of caramel rooibos tea.

I had an afternoon walk round the garden but there were only a few insects about, mostly bumblebees like this Common Carder-bee, which are able to fly at lower temperatures than many other insects. I also found another very sluggish Spotted Longhorn among the Hogweed which suggests they might be established in the garden, and was pleased to see that a Seven-spot Ladybird larva was making an inroad on the aphids.

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