Another lesson from this heatwave is provided by the wildflower patches in the area. Most look totally dead and unsightly, and are useless for pollinators. This is partly because some wildlife enthusiasts have not learned that there is more to it than scattering a handful of a standard seed-mix and then walking away. No one can get it right first time and we now think that these pollinator-resources must be sown in the Autumn so that the plants can get their roots well developed before the first dry spell arrives in 2023.
That bee that keeps returning to your patch of flowers may well stay loyal to your garden for all of her life, according to scientific research. Individuals were monitored for up to 130 days, and it is clear that they choose their own characteristic way of foraging rather than behaving like flying automata. Behavioural psychologists see this as evidence of personality. Please help that furry individual and her sisters to survive.