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26/11/2013 at 17:50

 I know it's been very mild until recently, but surely this fellow is in a 'hurry' to get late benefit from the nectaries on the clematis blooms?


26/11/2013 at 17:55

Lovely pics - fabulous when you zoom in on them 

26/11/2013 at 18:36

That'll probably be a queen building up her reserves before hibernating.  Excellent photos!

26/11/2013 at 18:57

Thanks for your kind comments, Dove and Bob! My wife and I have (independenty) seen this particular bee several times over the last few weeks - she's generally paying special attention to the (still) flowering begonias and adjacent fuchsias - but ignoring pelargoniums and hebe [just coming into flower]. More news anon.

26/11/2013 at 19:40

Hi David

If you have December copy of GW, go to page 94. Brilliant article on Bumblebees

05/12/2013 at 16:27

funny enough had one few days back on mahonia  

05/12/2013 at 20:53

That Bee really does seem to be arriving close to the cold weather. Good photograph.

I should soon be getting a kit from The Bee Cause (Friends Of The Earth) that will come with a Bee identification guide so should be good for spring when the Bees return.

06/12/2013 at 00:57

iften see them in February  looking for nests too so dont sleep long  

08/12/2013 at 19:17

Thanks for your kind comment, WildlifeG123. I've yet to 'delve' into my December GW as I've been gardening (thinning shrubberies & pruning roses, reglazing greenhouse etc) up in the Midlands for a week or so - will definitely look out for the Bumblebees article, cheers, Mark 1963!

08/12/2013 at 20:14

Worth a look. I signed up for their newsletter last year, lots of articles to read

20/12/2013 at 22:25

I have a clematis Freckles by my kitchen window wich is visited by a large bumble all winter .We saw a bumblebee in all weathers last winter too. the clematis flowers from november to march each year.

21/12/2013 at 06:56

I still have occasional bees on the Fatsia flowers / berries along with a lot of "house" flies.

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