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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1455 on: August 25, 2018, 08:47:20 AM »
Clever bees at Bodnant ... watch as they get the nectar from the Zauschneria Californica flower (on the Range border just as you enter). In its' native America it is pollinated by hummingbirds, who can easily reach the nectar at the end of the narrow, tubular flowers with their long beaks. The bees cannot do this so have worked out if they chew a hole at the base of the flower then can sip out the nectar. Cheeky!

This plant is also known as the Californian fushcia or the Hummingbird flower.

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« Reply #1456 on: August 25, 2018, 08:51:44 AM »
Until ths week I hadn't seen any caterpillars other than a few on  my son's vegetables, but these were seen devouring the foliage at quite a quick rate ... they're the buff-tip moth offspring and can reach a length of 75mm , these were not far off fully grown!!!  They can strip trees but don't do permanent damage, according to the info I found on google!


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« Reply #1457 on: October 05, 2018, 07:10:58 PM »
Not exactly wildlife but these sheep amused me sitting in a line against the wall, not just these three but a flock stretching for a few hundred yards and what's more they didn't move when we walked past!

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1458 on: October 11, 2018, 04:59:36 PM »
The local crow and woodpidgeon population are feasting on the acorns from the Gloddaeth avenue central reservation trees, at first glance, everything appears normal, but when disturbed up to 100 birds fly out of the foliage, quite a sight, but difficult to photograph.  :'(