Monday Mercurial: Bee happy!

Apparently, one side of our garden has been overtaken by common sand bees/ mining bees, andrena flavipes.

I noticed a lot of activity last week and right now it’s all buzz and swarming. I was at first confused since wild bees are usually solitary and it took me all of my google -fu to find out that the most likely explanation is that it’s a nesting aggregation and the huge traffic we’re seeing right now is the drones hanging around to have a lot of sex before they die, so in a few days the whole thing will be over.

This is a relief because in about two weeks the workpeople will start rebuilding our garden stairs and stuff and I was worried that the bees would get in their way or would have their home destroyed. As far as I’m concerned, having those bees here is like a knighting for my garden as an insect friendly space.

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At work!

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A different kind of wild bee.

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That fruit tree is currently BUZZING.

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Monday Mercurial: Fleckchen has grown!

I could have sworn i had scheduled these for last Monday, but they did not appear. There isn’t even a draft, which is something WordPress saves about every 30 seconds. the only explanation i have is that yes,  actually dreamed it.

Yet the pics already have tags and alt text, so I’m going to blame it on WordPress eating the post.

bunny

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bunny

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bunny

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Molli did not want to hold still for a pic.

bunny

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Monday Mercurial: Bunnies don’t care for Christmas

But they did like a few days of dry weather so they could go out and munch some grass.

bunny

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Fleckchen is now almost as big as Molli and definitely as mischievous. In spring my dad will have to remove their hutches and close all their lairs and hiding places.

bunny

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Molli didn’t want to pose for a picture.

bunny

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Fleckchen didn’t care as long as I didn’t step on his grass

bunny

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Monday Mercurial: Hippos!

Hippos are just my favourite animal. We have a lot in common. For one we are both on the chubby side. And we like to chill out. And nobody fucks with a hippo. Ok I’m working on that last point. In short, hippos are awesome.

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hippo in water

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hippo

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hippo

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They’re also plain dangerous, so better watch from a safe distance.

Monday Mercurial: expressive sealion

Some more of the Patagonian sealions, the big bull.

sealion, close up

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sealion

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sealion

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sealion

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sealion

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sealion

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sealöion

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sealion

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sealion

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sealion

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sealion

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