BEES

WHITE-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (BOMBUS LUCORUM), DORSET

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SUMMER BEES IN A DORSET GARDEN

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RED-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (BOMBUS LAPIDARIUS)

Classic view, feeding on hyssopRed-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Dorset (Keith Salvesen)

This bee has a fair-sized mite on its backRed-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Dorset (Keith Salvesen)

A frankly rather indelicate shot – somehow the light produced this extraordinary colouring of the ‘tail’Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Dorset (Keith Salvesen)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Lavender – perennial success with bees and butterflies. More planted this spring and very well visited.
  3. 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.

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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?Bees in Dorset Summer's End 7

COMMON CARDER BEE Bombus pascuorum

Bumblebee Dorset - Close-up

JULY BUMBLEBEES IN DORSETBee in Penstemmon - Dorset Bumble bee on lavender Dorset Bumble bee on lavender - Dorset

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TINY HONEY BEES OF THE BAHAMAS: CLICK ABACO BEESAbaco bees 9

AUTUMN BEES AT CLIVEDEN

A DEFINITION OF IRONY – OR FRUSTRATIONCliveden Bees 9

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

NICE HAT

 HANG IN THERE

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)

BUMBLEBEES

COMMON CARDER BEES (Bombus Pascuorum)

WHITE-TAILED BUMBLE BEE (Bombus Lucorum)

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8 thoughts on “BEES

    1. 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

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  1. 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!!!
    Brigitte

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  2. 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….

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    1. 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

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