Bees continue to fascinate me - honey bees, bumblebees and perhaps solitary bees most of all. Although the weather in the spring and early summer was poor I have seen more species than ever in the garden but others out and about as well. Here are a few favourites from the past year.
A queen red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius).
Male hairy-footed flower bees (Anthophora plumipes).
A bilberry mining bee (Andrena lapponica).
A queen early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum).
A male Willoughby's leafcutter bee (Megachile willughbiella).
A female red mason bee (Osmia bicornis) returning to her nest with a mouthful of mud.
A female tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva).
A queen honey bee (Apis mellifera) and her attendant workers.
A female ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria).
A male fork-tailed flower bee (Anthophora furcata).
A female yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus spp.) swallowing pollen.
Hopes for next year include photos of a leaf-cutter cutting leaves, a leaf-cutter returning to the nest with cut leaves, a mason bee collecting mud, a honey bee collecting propolis, and a bilberry bumblebee (Bombus montana). Perhaps even an ivy bee (Andrena hederae).