In late August and early September I was at Dundreggan for meetings on several different days, and had some extra time on each of them before I had to return home. I used those occasions to visit a patch of devilsbit scabious (Succisa pratensis) just outside the lodge, where a rare mining bee (Andrena marginata) had been observed harvesting pollen from the flowers in 2007 and the following two years. However, after an incursion by sheep had resulted in the scabious being eaten, the mining bee had not been seen again, so we’ve taken steps to encourage the healthy growth of the scabious, hoping that this revitalisation of its habitat will promote a return of the bee. Thus, I was visiting the scabious regularly on sunny days when it was in flower in August and early September, to see if the bee was there. Continue reading…
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