Prickly purple flowers and the bees

Teasels and bees (31 of 37)

Teasels and bees (27 of 37)

The bees seemed to be drawn to these beautiful shades of purple,  the entrance to the field is now awash with thistles and teasels.    Also the sound of humming bees is very evident as the bees seem to be have a great time harvesting the pollen from these prickly flowers.   Having diligently looked into what are the colours bees are attracted to it seems they prefer the  purples, violets and blues.

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I haven’t seen so many bees in a long time and there must have been over a hundred in this small area.  All so very busy and it was a little bit of wonder watching them.  I hope you all have a happy Sunday and I will leave you with this marvelous quote…

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” 
― Ray BradburyDandelion Wine

Butterflies

I have an ‘out of control’ buddleia’ in my garden and it is a cafe for the local butterfly population.

 Cafe Buddleia

I spent a long time getting these pictures, lots of missed shots, as soon as I had them in the viewfinder, ready to  focus and then they were gone….

‘Elusive Butterflies’ I thought and then this  brought to mind a song I used to hear when I was a child by Bob Lind.  It then brought lots of memories of  the record player at home, and  all the records in their paper sleeves.  My Mum and the garden, it all brought tears to my eyes.  Good times and wonderful memories.

A Red Admiral

A Peacock

Looking at the photographs now, I started wondering if butterflies remember and have memories about the time they were caterpillars?