Always Busy

Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), local field. July 2019 © Pete Hillman.


This is a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris which visited the garden. She had obviously been very busy and was dusted in pollen. I think she was tired and needed a rest, and she didn't like me getting too close and disturbing her as she kept sticking up her middle legs, warding me off I... Continue Reading →

Sweat Bee

I was actually photographing the flower when this little Lasioglossum sp. of bee appeared. As you can see it is a very small bee compared to the usual honey bees, and has shiny metallic markings which are quite stunning. They are called sweat bees as they can be attracted to perspiration, but they will only... Continue Reading →

Bumbling Beauties

I find the Pyracantha such an amazing climber come shrub or even hedge depending on how you trim and train it, it is so versatile. In the autumn it produces masses of succulant berries which the birds feed on, and in the spring there is an abundance of white flowers which attract all kind of... Continue Reading →

Bumblebee and Bugle

Double click on images to enlarge. One of my very favourite bumblebees, the Common Carder Bumblebee Bombus pascuorum which is carrying quite a full load, and Bugle Ajuga reptans, which has come into flower. May 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius

You can see why they call this the Red-tailed Bumblebee. This is a male with the yellow stripes. I really liked my Lavender, and must have been around it for about half an hour going from flower to flower. August 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

A Little Bee

I came across this tiny bee in my rear garden. It may be a sweat bee, but I am not sure. Please click on an image for a larger more detailed view. Clicking a second time may get you a little closer. Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017

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