This photo was taken during the spring of 2021 in the south-east of France in the Forez area.
In early spring, in this part of France, bumblebees are the first insects to be seen and heard with their characteristic noise in the countryside.
Indeed, they frequent fields and hedges in order to forage for the first flowers to extract the pollen. We are thus witnessing this coming and going and the buzzing that heralds the return of good weather.
That afternoon, I had decided to do my first "insect" outing in the countryside with slightly sunny conditions and relatively mild temperatures.
After spotting the spotted dead nettle (Lamium maculatum) whose characteristic purple flowers are clearly visible, I decided to wait on the lookout. My patience was quickly rewarded when I heard a hum and saw a bumblebee.
I was then able to observe and photograph him browsing the purple flowers against a dark background. This meeting with this "first insect" and these brilliant colors remain for me a beautiful surprise and an excellent memory of my first spring outing.
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