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08/06/2014 at 16:29

I think most of my planting is for the bees, I have hundreds of them buzzing round my garden.  I try to get as many photos of them as I can (I am no photographer!) but today I got one coming into land!


08/06/2014 at 16:31
Oh wow! I found out today that honey bees have been known to travel SEVEN miles in a day and regularly "hunt" pollen in an area two miles from their hive.

Amazing difference for those tiny little wings!
08/06/2014 at 16:33

I think that's a lovely pic 

It's such a simple thing Sara but it's always fascinating watching them isn't it? I stood for ages watching all sorts of different ones on a cotoneaster the other day. 

08/06/2014 at 16:34

They are just amazing! Did you know they quite enjoy being stroked? My children think I am mad, I do it show them they shouldn't run from them!


08/06/2014 at 16:35

and this one has a furry bum!


08/06/2014 at 18:25

I love seeing bees come to the garden. Last year I had a dahlia flower very well, and they were all over it every day. This year I have a few dahlias, partly because of the bees, though they're yet to flower.

Try raising the ISO of your camera to 200 or 400, or maybe even 800 on a bright sunny day like today. The difference in picture quality will be small but you'll end up with a faster shutter time, which will produce sharper images.

Taking photos like this is always difficult because the wind is blowing the flowers around while the bee is buzzing around, so nothing stays still. The shorter the exposure (a faster shutter time), the clearer the snapshot of the moment will be, and sometimes it's a better compromise to have a sharper image with more speckles caused by a high ISO, than a blurry image with no speckles at all.

08/06/2014 at 18:34

Thanks Tomsk, I shall try that next time, to be honest I didn't even know the bee was there till the photo was taken. I am however determined to get some action shots now! 

08/06/2014 at 19:21

That's a brilliant photo!! I love watching the bees make use of the flowers,its just one of many reasons we garden I think,to know we're playing an important role in the ecosystem.

08/06/2014 at 19:33

I've always thought that the presence of bees, wasps and butterflies is the sign of a healthy garden. Alliums are great attractors too.

Is there an annual bee count to go with the RSPB garden bird count? If not there should be (ha! bee!).


08/06/2014 at 21:56

Great picture Gareth. I shall volunteer to count my bees..... if only they would sit still!

09/06/2014 at 09:43

This year so far I have seen more bees than any other year I can remember,lets hope they are on the increase and making a comeback.

09/06/2014 at 10:04

I counted thirty from my chair on Sunday. They really were everywhere it was so wonderful to watch. I've been paying attention to the few plants we've added so far to the garden and ones we're planning for the future to favour ones that have the RHS "perfect for pollinators" trademark on or fall in their list on the website.

09/06/2014 at 11:11

Took these in my beekeeping friend's garden at the weekend

 I helped (well, just watched really) him catch this swarm, which was fascinating.  They're really docile when they swarm (conserving food) so pretty harmless.  He was picking up handfuls and throwing them into the box!

 Apparently they really like Buddlea globosa, in which their little probosces can reach the nectar, unlike B davidii and the common cultivars.

09/06/2014 at 11:13

Actually, just looking at that last pic again, apart from the Red Admiral there are two bee-flies and the only actual bees are out of focus

09/06/2014 at 13:24

Love that last pic steve, lovely one of the butterfly! 

09/06/2014 at 13:27

I have a group on Facebook Gardening for the Honey Bees, Bumblebee. Butterfly if anyone is interested. I have added birds, Produce garden, & Recipes You are more than welcome to view & join if you wish.  

09/06/2014 at 14:37

 My brother is a bee keeper over here in Perth, Australia and found this natural bee hive hanging in a gum tree recently. Absolutely amazing!

09/06/2014 at 15:16

That is a scary amount of bees Sandgroper, I think i'd wet myself if I came face to face with them! haha 

09/06/2014 at 15:17

That's splendid sandgroper. Better than a piece of sculpture

09/06/2014 at 16:27

Is it true that bees get drunk on pollen? I've seen a few looking a bit wobbly and a couple that looked almost asleep? How can you tell when a bee is asleep?

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