We are loving our white irises.
When the petals have all fallen off the poppy, this remarkable little beauty is left.
The following photo and info came to me today.
“There is a bee appearing at the moment – it’s bright iridescent blue – details below! Please please DON’T KILL HER !!!
It is indeed a bee that is present in the gardens at the moment. It is called the Xylocope bee. It is the largest bee in Europe (2.5 to 3 cm). It does not sting (if we do not chase it of course). The Xylocope is a so-called “solitary” bee. But it can live in colonies, that is to say side by side. Black with bluish wings … she is very beautiful but can be scary, her flight is fast and very noisy, but she is not aggressive and rarely stings. It is to be protected because it is rare and very useful …. some people confuse it with the Asian hornet !!!
Thank you for circulating ….
Source: Bruno Deleuze”
May 17, 2022 at 10:16 pm
Carpenter bees are not normally violet, so you probably have seen one. They are similar to large bumble bees. I must admit this colour is very attractive.
May 17, 2022 at 7:50 pm
The common name for your bee is the Carpenter Bee.
We have them over here.
May 17, 2022 at 9:08 pm
Certainly beautiful – I’d love to see one. 🙂