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While sitting in the Bishop's Palace Garden just near Chichester Cathedral yesterday, I decided to throw a few bits of my sandwich down for the birds, as I always like to help out wildlife during winter with a scrap or two of food.
The garden is fairly sheltered by high flint stone walls, and the winter flowering pansies and a pretty looking bush were in bloom under the weak; but still warm, winter sunshine.
Jen and I were suddenly buzzed by a queen bumble bee, which was quickly followed by several flies and 2 Peacock Butterflies which seemed to be gorging themselves on the nectar from the flowers. Looking down at my feet, I actually saw 3 Lasius niger workers investigating the bits of sandwich I had thrown down for the birds.
It just goes to show, that even in winter insects are still active when it is warm enough to heat up their body