Bombus lucorum

A male bumblebee feeding on Salvia 'Serenade' in a garden. He seemed to find these flowers too complicated and was having difficulty feeding. His sisters were having no trouble finding the way into the nectar. No wonder males are usually found lazing around on open flowers such as thistles and

Spring Bees - Nature Notes

We have two polytunnels which we use for growing tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables, bumblebees and solitaries enter and leave through the doors and pollinate the flowers, sometimes they nest inside the tunnels. However at times the tunnels act like giant Malaise traps and insects find it difficult to

Bee Hotel - Nature Notes

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.