Sheesh, I've been such a bad blogger lately. But I am still here, honest...
I had a good time seeing my Gran in Shetland, where I spotted a goodly number of Shetland Bumblebees:
For all you Latin fans out there, this subspecies is Bombus muscorum agricolae (I think).
And when I got home, I was even more excited to find that my Bumblegarden had become populated with not one, but two happy little buzzers:
And here's a group shot, to prove that the above pics are not just two different angles on the same bee:
(Latin-fans: the flavour of these guys is either Bombus terrestris or Bombus lucorum... I can't tell the difference with absolute confidence... and I believe the best way to do so involves dissection... which probably isn't much fun for the bumbles...).
Sadly, they shuffled off their little bumbly mortal coils about a week ago - as bumbles tend to at this time of year - so the garden is now very empty again. *Sigh*. Roll on next Spring...
The flip side is that I might shut up about bumbles now for a while - so it's safe to some back again soon in the hope I'll have posted something a bit different :o)
Which is what I want to finish up with actually. Is anyone else disconcerted by this picture of our oven clock, spotted at midnight a few weeks ago:
What kind of a time is that?? 00:00, surely...?