Honeybees have been out in Abernyte, I saw some yesterday, busy pollinating our crocuses, snowdrops and snowflakes, however that reminded me that we have been seeing them whenever the sun has been warm for the last couple of weeks. However Barry saw his first Bumblebee out yesterday , it was a Buff-tailed one, not in Abernyte but down near Fingask.
Butterflies at Knapp - Two Comma butterflies were seen on 26 March sunning themselves on a Viburnum. The pair were there for about 10 minutes before flying off. Today, 2 April, a peacock butterfly was seen. It had obviously overwintered as it was fairly scruffy.
Bumblebees have been active in the garden for about two weeks.
Great to hear that you've seen the Comma again - and two at that! On the same day (26th March) I saw my first butterfly in the garden, it was a Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on Scillas and Chionodoxa. On 2nd April Barry saw a Peacock butterfly on the Glebe.
We also heard from Trefor that there was a Comma out in Kinnaird.
In the last few days we have seen both Green-veined White and Orange Tip which was out at Flawcraigs yesterday (12th April), Seemed very early compared with last year when we saw it first in the same place on 2nd May Today 13th April we had Green-veined White in the garden in Abernyte.
Glad you've seen the Orange Tip Gordon, what a fantastic butterfly. I did a quick more or less systematic survey around the garden on Tuesday (9th May) and saw one rather bedraggled Peacock, one Orange Tip and 5 or more Green-veined Whites. The latter is much our most common butterfly..
On the subject of signs of Spring, I notice that the Oak Trees have been coming into leaf for the last week or so, but Ash still looking very bare. The old adage has certainly been true this year.