I started keeping honey bees in 2012 and have since become more and more fascinated by other bees as well. Honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees all have very different life cycles and all make a vital contribution to pollination. I have great plans for photographing bees (especially solitary bees) next year but here are a few pictures from this year.
Incidentally it is difficult to know whether bumblebees should be bumblebees or bumble bees. Rusty Burlew argues persuasively in favour of bumble bees but the BBCT is the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Hmm.