I’m pleased to say that yesterday (March 17th) I managed to see my first bee of the year – which is a sure sign of spring on the way.
Apologies for the less-than-perfect photo but this was the white-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) I saw. I followed her for quite some time trying to get a decent photo but she certainly wasn’t wasting any time! I assume it was a queen due to the size and the time of year and she was busy checking out every little hold she could find as a potential nest site.
Closeby I also found a bee fly (Bombylius major) on the same area of the Sussex Downs.