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Bee / Hover-fly collecting campion fluff

Observed: 11th July 2012 By: LeucarethLeucareth’s reputation in InvertebratesLeucareth’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Two of these kept coming back to the garden all afternoon, gnawing at the furry stems and buds of a red rose campion plant and then flying of with balls of the fluff. Not sure if they're bees or hover-flies.

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eucera's picture

Gilbert White

This is the same behaviour witnessed by Gilbert White in the 18th Century, and you even have your Anthidium visiting the very same plant species at which Gilbert White made his observations!

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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Oh really that's brilliant, I

Oh really that's brilliant, I was quite amazed by it all and watched them for hours.

Linda

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Gilbert White's journal entry

"July 11, 1772 – Drought has continued five weeks this day. Watered the rasp and annuals well. There is a sort of wild bee frequenting the garden-campion for the sake of its tomentum, which probably it turns to some purpose in the business of nidification. It is very pleasant to see with what address it strips off the pubes, running from the top to the bottom of a branch, & shaving it bare with all the dexterity of a hoop-shaver. When it has got a vast bundle, almost as large as itself, it flies away, holding it secure between it’s chin and it’s forelegs."

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
www.bwars.com

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Gilbert White's journal entry

"July 11, 1772 – Drought has continued five weeks this day. Watered the rasp and annuals well. There is a sort of wild bee frequenting the garden-campion for the sake of its tomentum, which probably it turns to some purpose in the business of nidification. It is very pleasant to see with what address it strips off the pubes, running from the top to the bottom of a branch, & shaving it bare with all the dexterity of a hoop-shaver. When it has got a vast bundle, almost as large as itself, it flies away, holding it secure between its chin and its forelegs."

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
www.bwars.com

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Gilbert White

Please note the date of GW's diary entry too!!

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
www.bwars.com

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Oh my that's amazing, that

Oh my that's amazing, that must be the best day for collecting it, I'll have to make a note and check on the same day next year.......thank you for sharing that, the only thing not the same is the drought, more like monsoon season here :)

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I must say these little guys

I must say these little guys have stayed around the garden and boy are they aggressive to other bees!