Today is dull and cool as a haar (sea mist) has descended on Edinburgh. Yesterday though was warm and sunny and the crocuses in North Merchiston Cemetery were fully in bloom
Several bumble bees were foraging in the blooms, they were all so covered in pollen it was difficult to tell whether they were buff tailed bumble bees or white tailed bumbles (two species which I find very difficult to tell apart anyway!).
We were intrigued by this creature, which, after consulting the Edinburgh Natural History Society Facebook group seems to be the larva of a ground beetle or a rove beetle
This seven spot ladybird was enjoying the sun
and the ivy flower heads were throwing beautiful shadows as they always do in strong sunlight
and patches of miniature daffodils are already in bloom