This little bee spent several minutes deep inside this alstroemeria flower, and in the process getting an all-over pollen decoration. It stayed for so long that I decided to investigate. I didn’t have a camera handy, just my phone. In good light, results can be quite satisfactory (in low light or on so-called “zoom”, it’s terrible).
If anyone can ID this bee, please leave a comment.
2 thoughts on “AUTUMN BEE: ALSTROEMERIA POLLEN IMMERSION”
It’s very dificult to tell what species of bee it is, the pollen gets in the way and the hairs are very faded, a species of bumblebee, possibly Bombus hypnorum?
Philip that sounds pretty likely I think. The right size, definitely. They actually nest in our roof in Dorset, so we see plenty in the garden in summer. But I took this photo in London, where I haven’t particularly noticed them before. Thanks for the ID.