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Bean Flowers

Saturday, 14th June 2003, West Yorkshire

broad bean flowersThese broad bean flowers are popular with the bumblebees. There's a small all-over marmalade bee and a medium-sized banded variety. One of the larger sort visits the beans, crosses the path and checks out the shrub (I think it's a spirea with pinkish purplish flowers), then returns briefly to the beans.

hoverfly and ladybirdA yellow and black striped hoverfly with a long abdomen visits the bean flowers while a black ladybird with red spots patrols one of the leaves. next page

Richard Bell