Just spotted this in a warm and windlass area of the cliffs; feeding on the Gorse flowers of which many were open in the strong sunlight.
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Probably tenax, as the hind tibia appears wholly dark.
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Are they usually around this early, even in sheltered spots as I saw yesterday?
Yes, where you are I would imagine tenax can be seen pretty much whenever the sun shines throughout the winter, in sheltered spots.
These overwinter as adults (or at least the females do - yours is a female) so I wouldn't call it early, they can appear at any time in the winter when the temperature goes up a bit and the sun comes out (well, they do in the comparatively frozen north up here in Buckinghamshire!)
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Up here in Yorkshire, I don't see them at all in the winter. It will usually be the first week of March before the odd one appears on early Sallow or Celandine.
Don't start with your 'frozen north...Buckinghamshire' stuff...you don't know you're born, down there!
Yes, it's lovely here in the Chiltern tropics!
Thanks Martin and Ian, I feel that I must live in the balmy tropics here in the south, but I'm not putting my shorts on yet and where my washing has frozen on the line.
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