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sara haywood

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! 


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!

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. 

sara haywood

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!


sara haywood

and this one has a furry bum!




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.

sara haywood

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! 


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.


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!).


sara haywood

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


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.


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.

Steve 309

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.

Steve 309

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

Thomas Wilkinson2

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


Janet  Rodway

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.  


 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!

Thomas Wilkinson2

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


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


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?