Bees

Bee Hotel

Three years after I first wrote about the 'bee hotel' I thought it was time to produce an update. The 'bee hotel' is a construction, actually several, that I have built in order to attract and provide nesting sites for a variety of bees (and also wasps) that nest in

Honey Bee

Apis mellifera feeding in a Centaurea flower in a garden.

Violet Carpenter Bee Portrait

Portrait of a Xylocopa violacea female on Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis) flowers, on a cold morning. Causse de Gramat, France.

Violet Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa violacea a sleepy adult female on Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis) flowers, on a cold morning. Causse de Gramat, France.

Chelostoma florisomne

Sometimes called the Sleepy Carpenter bee. Arriving at her nest with a load of buttercup pollen.

Front Door Osmia

Osmia bicornis female in flight arriving at her nest behind the lock plate of our front door. Carrying a ball of mud to build a nest cell. Zoltán László, a Romanian biologist and blogger is trying to raise awareness of the role of wild bees in pollination. An article he

Anthophora

Female of an Anthophora sp. bee feeding on Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis). Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

Nomada

Marsham's Nomad bee (Nomada marshamella) adult female feeding in a Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) flower.