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Observed: 10th March 2012 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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I'd like to record what plant was providing nectar for this Red Admiral (and a range of bees) last Saturday. I think it is some kind of cultivated Viburnum, is it possible to provide a more specific name for it? Thanks.

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I have the same shrub in my garden and mine are about 15ft in height about 25 years old.I am not sure which variety it is but it flowers from January to may if mild and is excellent for early emerging invertebrates,I get loads of bee's feeding on mine.They were very popular plants in the 60' and 70's then fell out of fashion,cuttings can be taken from new growth and they root readily.I will have a look and see if I can find out which one it is.


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just looked

Your spot on David as I have just trawled through my ob's to find the name as I put this on last year in April I love this plant and they are so hardy too.


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Thanks Sheila, there are several of these winter flowering Viburnums, including the parents of this hybrid but I think the hybrid is generally now the more widely planted, and there are several cultivars such as ' Dawn' and ' Deben'. You are right about the longevity of flowering. Mine started in late September and is still going strong as I type this!
I like the smell but think Chimonanthus praecox "Winter Sweet" beats it for fragrance. My plant is very old and I find I can prune it back every few years. It flowers on older wood so you can't do it too often!

David J Trevan

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Thanks David et al. One of the bees we saw visiting these flowers was the solitary species Andrena clarkella, for which there aren't very many nectar plants listed in the BWARS atlas, so good to be able to record the plant association properly.

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