Plant of the month – Hawthorn

A familiar site this month is the “Mayflower” or Hawthorn. The name haw, originally an Old English term for hedge, applies to the fruit. Common hawthorn can support more than 300 insects and is the foodplant for the caterpillars of many moths and other insects. The flowers, which are prolific this month, are highly scented, white or…

May Spotlight Species

One of the commonest kind of solitary bee on the wing this month is the “Nomad” Bee. Often mistaken for small wasps, these tiny bees are cleptoparasites – or cuckoo bees. Female Nomad bees search for solitary bee nesting burrows and while the host bee is out foraging, they enter the nest and lay an…