Early spring flowers come to life
Springtime is flowering time on the forest floor, just as the canopy is starting to bloom and the days are warmer. Early spring flowers come to life in time for hungry insects. In the park we have an abundance of lesser celandine, wood anemone and a good number of cowslip. These flowers attract our native pollinators and at this time of year one of the first to see is the bee fly.
The Bee Fly
The bee fly is a specialist insect which feeds on the nectar of these flowering plants using its long proboscis. This feeding inadvertently provides early pollination of the flowers. The fly mimics a bumble bee but you can tell the difference due to its hovering behavior. The bee fly looks very much like a hover fly. This parasitic insect lays its larva in the burrow of a solitary bee, the solitary bee then unsuspectingly tends to the bee fly larva until it eventually leaves the burrow and can be seen in the park from early March.
Spring at The Park
Spring has sprung at Dalkeith Country Park! The flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and the days are getting longer. Find out more about what to look out for and do at The Park this spring.