Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Thursday, 29 December 2016

The smell of gorse in December

While I know that gorse is usually in bloom in December, I was not prepared for the display that greeted me on the cliffs between Monkhaven and St Ishmaels this morning - the gorse was in flower all along the path and down the cliffs and it was covered in bloom. In the warm sunshine and light breeze, it was emitting its wonderful perfume of coconut and butterscotch. I am pretty sure that I have never smelt this in December before!
There were not many insects taking advantage of this bounty but there was one queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee and a queen of a smaller species - maybe Early Bumblebee.

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