Tuesday, 3 July 2012

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Not everything in Life has to be huge to get a day's work achieved *small is amazing!

My first 'ever' photo of what I thought was a Bee - taken 2010
An informative link:   http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/pollination/basics.asp

Don't use pesticides to kill garden bugs - crush them with your fingers!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/gardening/article-2152485/Dont-use-pesticides-kill-garden-bugs--crush-fingers.html   < If you have allergies then Don't do this.TRY These:


 'Leafcutter Bee' ?  taken on 22nd May '11 - back garden

Link:  http://www.moraybeedinosaurs.co.uk/solitary.html

Photo taken 22nd March '12 from the garden - went in backwards at one stage of 'Honey bush' flower

Queen Bee -  took a wrong turn into our dining-room 'Buff-tailed Bombus Terrestris 22nd March '12
Photo taken on 24th March '12 (Carder Bee)
Bumblebee behaviour: http://www.bumblebee.org/foraging.htm

Our 'Woodland' was full of Bumblebees looking for a home - 1st April '12

22nd April'12 -  3.10 p.m  Was sat outside taking in the gorgeous wildlife when a very small ‘Bee’ was looking for a home......there were a few with the same thing in mind.  I searched the internet for clues to whom they were ‘Solitary Bees’ as each one found an old screw hole in which to house itself.......

Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa) - 22nd April '12

If your doing any D.I.Y. jobs around the garden  and discover these Bees .....please try not to disturb unless you can put up a ‘Bee Hotel’.

Red Mason viewing the hole - taken 25th April '12


Taken same day as photo above

Has to be one of my favs !
Monday 14th May '12 Time: 9.20a.m - Spotted a 'Red-tailed' Queen Bee disappear into a hole under a large oak log on our rockery (in back garden.)  Bombus Lapidarius.  Lots of sightings within our Woodland and front garden at home.

Red-tailed 'Cuckoo Bee'  Bombus Rupestris found on Woodland Floor on 15th May '12
moments later took flight

Photo taken on 16th May '12 front garden 'cornflowers' (Red-tail Bumblebee) 'worker'
Link:  http://www.bumblebee.org/cuckoo.htm

Beautiful little 'Carder Bee' taken 19th May '12 front garden

So minute - taken in front garden on 19th May '12 - possibly Bombus Pratorum
Link:  http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/early-bumblebee
Photo taken in Woodland 19th May '12 'Can't see who'

Could be a Buff-tailed Bee,was piercing through lousewort petal in Woodland on 19th May '12

Carder Bee 'Bombus Pascuorum Photo taken 20th May '12 Front garden
Same as above
Photo taken 21st May '12 in our Woodland - unsure who ?
Woodland 23rd May '12 on lousewort 'Can't see who'
 'Solitary' Bee 'Tawny'  - there were 16 mining piles that I could see in Woodland

Link:  http://www.uksafari.com/tawnyminingbees.htm & http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/bees.html#TawMinBee
Same Bee as above - photographed on 28th May '12

Link:  http://www.bumblebee.org/OTHERbees.htm#mining
Possibly 'Barbut's Cuckoo Bee' (Bombus barbutellus) 'Female' has 'V' shaped bottom
Link:  http://www.brisc.org.uk/BBck.php
Same as above - photo taken 11th June '12
Same as above
Possibly Barbut's again taken in back garden 13th June '12
Same as above 
Same as above
Taken on 13th June '12  'Bombus Pratorum'
'Honeybee'  taken 14th June '12
Male Bombus Pratorum- photo taken 13th June '12

A video I took down amongst our Woodland on 18th June '12, where two different Bees came by.

Link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i37KBCN8sPY&feature=g-upl

Description below -  'Tree Bee'

Tree Bee  (Bombus hypnorum) photo taken 5.53p.m 4th July '12 (Rained until 2.45p.m,then Sunshine)

Link: http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/tree-bumblebee   & http://www.bwars.com/sites/www.bwars.com/files/info_sheets/03_Bombus_hypnorum_20120321.pdf

Had seen one of the above in our Woodland (ages ago) the one above was taken in our back garden.

Tree Bee:  The combination of a brown thorax (central body) black abdomen (rear body) and white tail distinguishes this Bumblebee from All others.

The Tree bumblebee was first recorded in Britain in 2001 in Hampshire. Since then it has spread rapidly throughout England and Wales and is expected soon in Scotland. 


It has been most commonly found in gardens, nesting well above the ground in bird nest boxes or holes in trees. As well as urban gardens it is associated with open clearings in woodlands and occasionally in arable situations and meadows. This species will visit a very wide range of flowers.

Flight season
Numbers peak in late May and early June although the main flight season is from March to August.

Volucella bombylans 'Hover Fly'

Photo taken on 5th July '12 in our Woodland,Pembs,Wales

Early evening


And some species look almost like a Bee 'above' - it's Buzz-sound was deep 

If any are labelled  incorrectly, I
would be most grateful to know....thank you

For further Help & info. on Bees go to @BeeStrawbridge : http://www.beestrawbridge.blogspot.co.uk/