September 2023

Cornelian Cherry


Cornelian Cherry An ancient plant In the spring, the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) blooms in our forests with small yellow flowers clustered here and there in inflorescences on still bare branches. The Cornelian cherry can be found in clearings and at the edges of deciduous forests, both in the plains and in the mid-mountain areas. Its fruits ripen gradually in late summer, and their decorative effect is remarkable: in fact, you can find fruits of all shades on the same plant, from green to bright red. The Cornelian cherry plays an important role for pollinators : its small yellow flowers [...]

Cornelian Cherry2023-10-03T09:19:00+02:00



Comfrey To mend broken bones... Comfrey (scientific name Symphytum officinale) is an herbaceous plant of the Boraginaceae family. Its stems, reaching heights of up to 120 cm, rise at the edges of ditches, streams, and very damp areas. The pendulous and bell-shaped flowers are gathered in panicles and can be white-purple, pink, or violet, but always of the same color in each plant. This plant has a long corolla, and only insects with a long mouth apparatus can reach the nectar. Sometimes smaller Hymenoptera are forced to pierce the flower wall, and when this happens, the insect does not come [...]


The initial results at the San Michele biodynamic farm. 🦋


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The initial results at the San Michele biodynamic farm. 🦋2023-10-03T09:07:36+02:00

Common drone fly


Common drone fly The "bee" fly Although it resembles a bee, the Common drone fly (Eristalis tenax) is actually a Dipteran (a relative of flies) and belongs to the Syrphid family. Its appearance is similar to that of a common bee but can be distinguished by its plumper body, the lack of a constriction between the abdomen and thorax, and having only 2 wings instead of 4. The Common drone fly is probably the most common species of Syrphid in Europe and can be observed from April to October on flowers while feeding on nectar Did you know? The larvae [...]

Common drone fly2023-10-03T09:35:00+02:00

Caglio zolfino 🌼🌾🌿


Lady's bedstraw Lady's bedstraw (scientific name Galium verum) is a very graceful plant, which sways in the wind with its golden yellow flowering stems. 30-90 cm tall, belongs to the Rubiaceae family. The leaves are arranged in a star shape, both on the stems and on the side branches. The yellow flowers are arranged in dense and long panicles ; their pollination takes place mainly through flies and beetles . Throughout Europe yellow flowers were used in the past to curdle milk to produce cheese (hence the name "Galium", from the Greek gála = milk). Lady's bedstraw grows in arid [...]

Caglio zolfino 🌼🌾🌿2023-09-08T15:07:00+02:00

Osmia cornuta


Osmia cornuta A solitary wild bee Osmia cornuta belongs to the Megachilidae family and is one of the most common species of wild bees in Europe. It's a solitary bee that doesn't form colonies and doesn't produce honey. Each female lays her own eggs. It has thick hair and a black-rust coloration. It plays a vital role in pollinating many types of fruit trees because it's one of the first bees to become active, often starting in early March. Did you know? Osmia cornuta nests in holes in wood and walls, using dry stems as well. It can even nest [...]

Osmia cornuta2023-09-08T15:03:43+02:00
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