A group of smaller bees were using a flower as a sort of heliport while a huge Carpenter Bee was getting its belly covered in pollen as it flitted from one bloom to another.
They are the B52’s of the bee world, big and noisy, but quite harmless…fortunately. This lone Carpenter Bee was going from flower to flower collecting nectar.
Many of the riverside flowers were hosting a bug, or a bee.
A few more pics from the Butterfly Park, starting with this rather nice yellow specimen relaxing on the trunk of a tree.
I managed to get quite close to this Julia Butterfly, Dryas julia, although he seemed to be keeping an eye on me at all times.
The Butterfly Park, being a breeding centre, gives you the chance to see all the stages in the life-cycle of these creatures and you come across some pretty awesome-looking caterpillars.
Another great visit to the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, such a relaxing place to wander, and this time there were several species I hadn’t seen before, such as the African Moon Moth (previous post) and this Clipper, Parthenos sylvia.
What an absolutely amazing creature this, the African Moon Moth, Argema mimosae, a large silk moth belonging to the Saturniidae family.
It was hot enough for the horses to be sheltering under the shade of a tree, with a Cattle Egret as company and to take care of any bugs that might be bothering them.