During this past year I have seen many more bees than ever before. Some in the garden which have always been there but I hadn't noticed and others I went to look for.
It wasn't the best of years for honey bees but mine have thrived. Here is a picture of a drone (male) following a worker back to the hive.
Just one bumblebee photo, a Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum), although I have seen all but one of the common seven species in my garden - the missing one was the Garden Bumblebee.
I built a bee house and to my delight three holes were occupied by Red Mason Bees (Osmia bicornis). Here is one bringing a mouthful of mud back to her nest.
And some mining bees. Here is a female Buffish Mining Bee (Andrena nigroaenea).
And a female Orange-tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa).
A female Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria).
This is a Green-eyed Flower Bee (Anthophora bimaculata).
And finally a couple of cuckoo bees. A female Gooden's Nomad Bee (Nomada goodeniana) and a Common Mourning Bee (Melecta albifrons).
I hope to find many more in 2016.