WHITE-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (BOMBUS LUCORUM), DORSET
SUMMER BEES IN A DORSET GARDEN
RED-TAILED BUMBLEBEES (BOMBUS LAPIDARIUS)
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.
COMMON CARDER BEE Bombus pascuorum
TINY HONEY BEES OF THE BAHAMAS: CLICK ABACO BEES
AUTUMN BEES AT CLIVEDEN
THREE BUMBLEBEES FEEDING ON ONE FLOWER – DORSET
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
BEES FEASTING ON FUCHSIA IN EARLY OCTOBER – DORSET
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TUSCAN HONEY BEES
HONEY BEES ENJOYING PENSTEMON
HONEY BEES on Globe Thistle (Echinops)
COMMON CARDER BEES (Bombus Pascuorum)