Brooms, baskets and happy accidents — Scottish pollinators

When we watch a bee heavy with pollen lumbering away from a flower, we may be tempted to think it is purposely doing the plant a favour. But there is nothing altruistic here; the bee will try to keep for itself as many pollen grains as possible to provide the proteins that are essential for […]

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Melissodes Bee — Naptime — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I checked out the blooming Prickly Pear Cactus in our backyard the other afternoon. As I gazed at the flowers I noticed that the center of one of them appeared to have an object in it. Looking […]

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WHAT DO BEES NEED? — Reedy Creek Coalition

Bees and all other critters need the same things we do: food, housing for the family, and a safe place to live. Bees require nectar for themselves, pollen for their offspring. Providing food is one of the best things we can do. Here are our suggestions for BEE friendly yards and neighborhoods. Please plant native […]

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Tawny Mining Bee — Peter Hillman’s Nature Photography

Andrena fulva – This is a female with her thick gingery coat. I find these very skittish and they don’t like you getting too close to them. Slow and patient gets you there in the end. Double-click to enlarge image. © Peter Hillman ♦ 14th April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

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Don’t Worry Bee Happy — Butterflies To Dragsters

The sun is shining and the garden is starting to look lovely. The wind is from the east so when you venture out it’s not as warm as you think but the bees don’t seem to mind. This last week I’ve noticed more and more Hairy-footed Flower Bees (Anthophora plumipes). They love the pulmonaria. These […]

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Vulkan Beehive: Hexagonal-shaped wooden beehives housing more than 150,000 bees on an Oslo rooftop — Life & Soul Magazine

A pair of hexagonal-shaped wooden structures above a food market in Oslo, Norway is providing a home for around 160,000 bees while educating visitors on the importance of these pollinators and respecting the environment. Known as The Vulkan Bigård (The Vulkan Beehive) project, the wooden beehives were installed on the rooftop of the Mathallen food […]

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5 People Hospitalized After Thousands of Bees Buzz Through Pasadena — KTLA

Two firefighters, a police officer and two others were transported to a Pasadena hospital with multiple bee stings on Thursday, officials said. The Pasadena Fire Department warned of an influx of bees buzzing on Colorado Boulevard between Bonnie Avenue and Sierra Bonita Avenue, near Pasadena City College, around 4:00 p.m. A large colony of Africanized…

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The Pollinators — Graffiti Lux Art & More — Life & Soul Magazine

This sweet mural by Nick Sweetman, is an awareness tribute, … to some of the most important pollinators on our planet. The mural turns 3 corners. I will do my best to show it left to right. The above shot was taken from across the street. Cars, vans, trucks and busses dominated 19 of the […] […]

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Bees and blossoms — Mike Powell

One of the highlights of my visit on Monday to Green Spring Gardens was photographing a blossoming Japanese Apricot tree (Prunus mume). It was a little strange to see a tree with blossoms during the winter, but apparently it is normal for this species to blossom in mid-winter and late winter. The flowers are commonly […]

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The heath bumble bee: Crime and nourishment in the heathlands — Scottish pollinators

The heath bumble bee is widespread in the north and west of Scotland. Despite its name, it is not restricted to heathland: it is also found on moorland, grasslands, coastal dunes and in gardens, where it visits a variety of flowers. It nests in different places, from old birds’ nests, small mammal burrows, or among […]

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