I've been way too busy lately and it's getting on my nerves! Now that Art Fayre is over, things are a little better and I have time to post the bee photos I took a few weeks ago.
I don't know my bumblebee varieties, but I like these tri-colour ones. I want to draw one in coloured pencil.
I posted this before but I still like it. It proves how gentle bees usually are when out foraging. If that bumblebee tried to enter the honeybees' hives, she'd be in for a fight, and possible death! But when they are out in the garden together, they are focussed on finding nectar and pollen. This is why you shouldn't freak out about honeybees in your garden. Yes, you can get stung in your garden. I stepped on some poor honeybee last summer and got stung on my toe! (But you could hardly blame her.) But by and large, the bees don't give a damn about you when they are out foraging, and are unlikely to sting. (Hornets and wasps are a whole other ballgame.) Now, if you go to a honeybee hive and try to steal their honey, expect them to be displeased and inclined to sting!
Two bees, happy on their allium. Some of these photos are bit fuzzy (not unlike the bees) because I was being eaten alive by black flies and mosquitoes that evening and was finding it hard to stand still!
I didn't notice the little spider until I was looking at the photos on my computer.
More peaceful co-esixtence.
Coming in for a landing!
An Italian bee, probably one of mine!
I think this one is part or all Carniolan. When I got my bees last year, I had two hives of Italians, but the queens were Carniolan. See how her abdomen is darker than the Italian honeybee's?
My tri-colour favourite again!
Everybody spent time on the allium that was home to the spider. I wonder if the spider was hoping for a big fat tasty honeybee meal?
Cross your fingers for my bees to have a successful season with lots of honey for me!