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solitary bees

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 19:07

fidgetbones, Ive been trying to esablish if the bees ive seen in my garden are nesting or not. I hope you are able to enjoy your bees.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:28

Managed to get a few better photos by switching my camera to macro mode. Im convinced they are bees but still not sure if they are honey bees...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps936f4182.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsab8c1dcb.jpg

 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:21

Stunning garden Busy-Lizzie.

Matty2, your garden looks very well kept.

The far end of my garden is half dug up ready for a new path, but Ive halted proceedings due to bees tunnelling in the soil as I dont want to disturb them. The rest of my garden got a bit of new colour recently when the yellow Azalea started flowering...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps3f5dbd0a.jpg

 

This is my neighbours clematis which grows up her fence and then continues to grow wonderfully over my garage..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps955ef13f.jpg

 

A few foxgloves starting to show thier flowers..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps0bfa2b7d.jpg

 

Hardly got any jobs done in the garden today, seeing as the weather was nice I spent most of the day sat on the patio BBQing a joint of lamb...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsc22c4d81.jpg

 

And a view of the garden from the patio, colour provided by aliums growing amongst potted oak trees...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps5e4162d1.jpg

 

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:57

Doing some searching on the internet, some bees do look remarkably like wasps dont they...

http://www.glaucus.org.uk/SolitaryBee.html

There are quite a few of them swarming around the hole in my garden so I guess I can rule out Solitary bees. Its most likely to be one of these I guess..

Honey bee...

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/imagecache/reserve_web_large/sites/data.live.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/honey_bee-00006%20northeastwildlife.jpg

 

Carder bee

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/imagecache/reserve_web_large/sites/data.live.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Bee%20Bombus%20pascuorum%20on%20aster%20cpt%20Rachel%20Scopes%20common%20carder.jpg

 

Or the solitary Tawny Mining bee?...

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/imagecache/reserve_web_large/sites/data.live.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Tawny_Mining_Bee,%20_Derbyshire,_cpt_Philip_Precey.JPG

 

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:54

Thanks, Ive emailed my local wildlife trust to see if they can help.

So now I need to establish exactly what type they are and if they are infact nesting or simply collecting mud/clay.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:13

Thanks Wintersong. I have never had problems identifying wasps before, what with their distinctive yellow/black colours, and thier bodies seem to be seperated from their heads by just a thin segment.

Whilst these look like wasps, they are different enough to make me wonder? So do we definately think they are bees?

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:53

Well Im in the middle of building a path in my garden, and Ive dug out a hole in the middle to blant a large shrub. Ive temporarily filled the hole with stone so my young son doesnt fall into it, and these bees/wasps are tunnelling into the clay in the hole and either nesting or collecting the clay...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps21e2d074.jpg

 Now im more than happy to halt my project if they are bees and would be thrilled if they were nesting. But if they are just wasps collecting mud then I may have to disturb them. You can see in the next photo the holes they have made tunnelling into the clay..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsafd0109e.jpg

 

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:09

I know some honey bees do resemble wasps, but could someone please let me know if these are bees or wasps in my garden?

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps80f7dc07.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps396772b5.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps274d2d3a.jpg

 

 

 

 

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:13

Ive placed my mealworms inside a squirrel proof cage which stops the starlings & magpies from getting to them, otherwise they would empty the dish in one sitting!

best kind of bird feeder?

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 21:22

They have probably found an abundance of food elswhere, but im sure they will be back, just keep the food available for them. I find sunflower hearts attract the most birds in my garden.

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