And then, while I was quietly composing and focussing there was this bee who was hungery. Love the detail in the wings..

#photography #photographie #photo #flower #summer

30 bee species face extinction despite €1bn green scheme

Some 30 species of #bees face #extinction in #Ireland despite the Government spending €1bn on a scheme designed to increase #biodiversity, improve water quality and combat #ClimateChange.


I came across a rather unusual on my oregano today, which I couldn't ID. Does anyone know what it is?

Btw: the bees and butterflies love the flowering oregano.

A tiny Marine Blue #butterfly on Blue Chalksticks flowers.

The name might seem odd, but when they open their wings, the inside shades to a bright blue near the body.

This tenacious little #bee is nesting in a garden chair. She keeps flying into that hole with snippets of leaf. It's difficult flying like that in the breeze we have today, but she's determined. The first picture shows her having a rest after failing to line up with the hole a few times, and the second shows her finally succeeding, a few seconds later.

Flight of the Bumblebee
Waggly bee butts © @GwenfarsGarden

Motion warning: the foxglove sways about a lot in the wind.

#bumblebees #foxgloves #nature

#Butterfly photography on Anninger, Lower Austria

* small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), pic 1
* woodland grayling (Hipparchia fagi), pics 2,3 & 5
* Jersey tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria), pics 4-7
* meadow brown (Maniola jurtina), pic 5

* viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare), pic 1
* some thistle, pics 2-3
* hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), pics 4-7

I already planted all those #Plants in my garden, so next year I should have more of these butterflies.

I'm envious of this fantastic chunk of mixed meadow I walked past on someone's sidewalk strip. The density and diversity are gorgeous.

This peacock #butterfly (which I think of as a "dagpauwoog") was trapped behind the sash window in my room, because it only opens a little bit. So let it sit on my hand and set it free.

The at Chillerspace, Part 3

I already did a lot of research on which domestic plants are needed to protect like some and and I ordered lots of seeds.

Apparently on one site I put a plant instead of seeds in my cart, so now I already have a hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) next to the pond.

Many and species that are rare in the area and some of which are strictly protected in Vienna are specialized on sucking nectar from hemp-agrimony, so I'm very much looking forward to when it will bloom.

I'll soon write up more info about the plant here:

Today I also planted some seeds and seed-mixes. Others aren't supposed to be planted before August. Anyways next year there should be a lot more butterflies, moths, bees and other useful insects in the garden. :)

Today in Lainzer Tiergarten, Vienna I saw this common blue #Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

After I took a picture of it it seemed very interested in my camera. I took some pictures with my Fairphone and posted them here:

Then it sat down on my forearm and almost followed us all the way home.
Today I went to "Himmelwiese" ("heaven's meadow") to take pictures of #Butterflies.

I found a jersey tiger #Moth, which I had never seen before and which is strictly protected here in Vienna.
I already have it on my list of species I want to support in my garden:

When I came home I found one in my garden too.

I don't have a lot of plants it likes yet, but I have seeds for bonesets, common nettle and meadow sage.
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