The red-tailed bumblebees in my nest box seem to be suffering. At a time when numbers should be building up to a high level, there are few movements in and out of the nest. This might be due to the moth larvae I referred to earlier, although the current drought seems to be impacting on their food supply with many of the flowers used by the bee in our area shrivelling up.
Another resident in the nest box is the moth below, which scurries around the box when disturbed.
It is the brown house moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella Read the rest of this entry »