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Bee (1) on Cow Parsley

Observed: 23rd May 2012 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Bee(1) on Cow Parsley

Until now, my impression has been that Cow Parsley supports invertebrates less well than e.g. Hogweed does later in the year. I have vaguely thought of that as linked to Cow Parsley’s small florets being on rather spindly stems. This post shows, however, that Cow Parsley can, in principle, support quite large insects; although the plant has hitherto appeared (to me) deficient as a habitat for invertebrates of interest, it may simply be that not many are around when Cow Parsley is in flower. On our Reserve at least, the number of inflorescences not carrying visible invertebrates at any given time would appear to be in large excess; so availability of floral structures seems unlikely to limit any attempt to actually quantify numbers of insects etc. in a habitat by this route.