TREE or GARDEN BEES, DORSET
WHITE-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (BOMBUS LUCORUM), DORSET
SUMMER BEES IN A DORSET GARDEN
RED-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (BOMBUS LAPIDARIUS)
Classic view, feeding on hyssop
This bee has a fair-sized mite on its back
A frankly rather indelicate shot – somehow the light produced this extraordinary colouring of the ‘tail’
HONEY RUSH: AUTUMN BEES TOPPING UP FOR WINTER
The bees are working overtime as a chill spreads over September and winter downtime looms for them. So busy are they that there is competition for individual flowers – even though there are more than enough to go round. Bumbles were out in force yesterday, and there are still butterflies around, mainly tiny Small Coppers and Whites of different sizes.
We’ve done a quick assessment of plant popularity this spring and summer that produces this league table:
- Hyssop – the runaway winner for bees of many types, ditto butterflies and (new entry) moths. Planted for the first time in May, and has effortlessly thrived (throve? thriven?) to become Nectar Central.
- Lavender – perennial success with bees and butterflies. More planted this spring and very well visited.
- Cosmos – new to the garden this year, a fast and easy grower, and hugely popular with bees, especially bumbles. Also visited by honey bees and butterflies, but only on their way the the hyssop.
Blurry, I know, but the intruder arrived from nowhere as I pressed the button… Why it didn’t land on one of several vacant flowers next to this one, I have no idea. Maybe fighting drunk on pollen?
COMMON CARDER BEE Bombus pascuorum
WHITE-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (Bombus lucorum), Dorset
TINY HONEY BEES OF THE BAHAMAS: CLICK ABACO BEES
AUTUMN BEES AT CLIVEDEN
A DEFINITION OF IRONY – OR FRUSTRATION
THREE BUMBLEBEES FEEDING ON ONE FLOWER – DORSET
A BUMBLEBEE GETS BUSY WITH COTONEASTER – DORSET, MAY 2012
HONEY BEES, EAST SUSSEX ON 1st APRIL
These bees are from four hives, and were thirsty. During the day there were always several drinking in the birdbath. Although the water level was quite low, sadly there had been a couple of casualties early in the day. Adding bits of plant solved the problem. Also shown below is the first honey of the year.
BEES INVESTIGATING FLOWERS AND BLOSSOM IN A LONDON GARDEN
SPRING BEE INVESTIGATING DAFFODILS – LONDON
A SMALL HONEY BEE MAKING THE MOST OF PROVENCAL ALMOND BLOSSOM
TINY GINGER BEE FORAGING ON A SUNNY MARCH DAY IN THE HILLS OF SE PROVENCE
BEES FEASTING ON FUCHSIA IN EARLY OCTOBER – DORSET
GET A GRIP
TUSCAN HONEY BEES
HONEY BEES ENJOYING PENSTEMON
Blurry, I know – but it’s an ‘action’ shot…
…and Perovskia ‘Blue Spire‘ (Russian sage)…
…and getting stuck into the lavender
HONEY BEES on Globe Thistle (Echinops)
COMMON CARDER BEES (Bombus Pascuorum)
WHITE-TAILED BUMBLE BEE (Bombus Lucorum)
8 thoughts on “BEES”
Good morning, Keith! Are these all yours? They are fantastic! Thanks for posting.
Hi Brigitte – good to hear from you on the ‘side-project’ pages! Yes, all my bees, mostly taken in our garden in London or Dorset. Very fond of the little gingery one we saw in France earlier this month. I’m hoping to take some on Abaco when we are out in May. Judging from Facebook, Abaco is a-whirl with activity and events… All the best, K
They are awesome. We don’t have a lot of bees on Tilloo – maybe its too salty here, or we don’t have any caves? Not sure – but your photos of them are beautiful, Keith.
Yes, lots of people and activities now…but will soon come to an end, with the “season” ending. We just had the last art show – phew! Have you been on my painting page in Face Book?
Let us know when you are here, maybe we could really meet!!!
Amazing – the first photos of our bees drinking, sharing water with blackbirds, robins, bluetits, and the first honey of the year…..thank you for taking the photos….
I love your bee pictures, I never get tired of taking photographs of bees either!
Hi there, thanks for dropping by my spasmodic and woefully under-curated site! Bees are so rewarding to watch – and photograph – but I haven’t yet nailed the perfect ‘in-flight’ shot. I had a quick tour of your garden, and will return to it later – looks as though I will enjoy wandering round it a lot. Interested to see the praying mantis. I posted about these on my main blog (Abaco, Bahamas) http://rollingharbour.com – then found a fine green one in Italy last month. More soon no doubt… All the best from Rolling Harbour
Thanks for pointing me this way! Bees sure are supercute!! 🙂