On the egde of one of the grassy rides
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... are just coming through (round here). At this point in its life cycle there are no leaves visible (and when the leaves appear they are very different from dandelion leaves).
The capitula (flower heads) are also different, thought this is not obvious at a glance. Dandelion has a head composed solely of one type (ligulate) of florets. Coltsfoot is more closely related to the ragworts, and like them has both disc and ray florets. If you look closely at the middle of a coltsfoot flower head you can see the distinct disc florets. Coltsfoot has many more ray florets than ragworts, which is why it looks superficially rather like a dandelion.
The shaggy stems of coltsfoot also distinguish it from dandelion.
What's the bee then? Halictus sp.?
Jamie from Briantspuddle
Many thanks for you advice--I've made the alterations!
PS and help with the bee.
Sue - could you try posting this photo again, but as a bee? I think it is Andrena flavipes and am interested to see if anyone else does!
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