There were hoverflies in abundance, of all shapes and sizes, dizzy with so much choice and falling in and out of one flower after another.
|Hoverfly on Cosmidium at Middleton Park, Leeds|
Interestingly, we saw few bumblebees or solitary bees, and those that there were, were managing to ignore the shiningly bright Cosmidium in favour of Autumn hawkbit hanging on around the edges.
|Solitary bee on Autumn hawkbit at Middleton Park, Leeds|
We've been considering the question of how flowers appear different to bees, compared to how they appear to us, or other pollinators, and I'll expand on this further in a later post (it's past time to knock off for today, there's a whole lot of fieldwork to be done tomorrow!), so prepare yourselves for an investigation into bee-vision and the wonders of modern photographic method :) All very interesting, I promise you.