Bee ‘n’ Bees — Too Lazy To Weed

We have always tried to make our garden as bee friendly as possible – we garden organically, there are plenty of weeds providing nectar through most of the year and we put up bee hotels. We’ve had these regular bee hotels dotted around the garden for a few years and they’ve proved very popular with […]…

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 […]…

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 […]…

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 […]…

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 via Tawny…

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 […]…

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… via…

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 […]…