nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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Bee in crocus
[Pollen-covered bee in white crocus flower]

Today I could believe that spring was on its way to the northern hemisphere!

Honey bee

Jul. 6th, 2014 07:28 pm
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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[Honey bee with its proboscis buried in a lavender blossom. Light "vintage" filtering applied during post-processing.]

I've been delighted to observe, in addition to the drone flies, a plethora of honey bee visitors to our lavender this year. Last year we had many bumbles, but few honey, and I suspect that the addition to their garden of an apiary by a neighbour down the canal has made the difference.
theora: (drawing in)
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Now a couple from closer to home. Went out the other evening to have a look at my garden and caught some bees asleep on the flowers.

Two pics below )

I know next to nothing about bees. There are different kinds of bumblebee, yes? Can anyone id these more specifically?
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
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Red-tailed bumblebees, Bombus lapidarius, nesting. The open cells are "honey pots" for food and the closed are "larval cells" for baby bees. A couple of bees exhibited territorial behaviour by flying at me while I captured these images but they were investigative not aggressive.

1 Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, Worcestershire 07-13

Two more small images. )

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