What I've really noticed today is how glorious the dandelions are at the moment. A really under-rated flower, there's some areas of town densely packed with these vivid yellow-orange flowers, and they seem to be really large this year too. They are an important source of pollen for the early rising insects, especially queen bumbles who seem to love them.
Speaking of bumbles, saw my first common carder of the year, a very vivid orange specimen I found feeding on the honesty randomly growing along my drive. I'd been beginning to worry about carders, you normally see them quite early as they seem to be pretty tough.
Getting chillier by the day again. What an odd spring.
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