Bees, Sir! Thousands of ’em!

Well, maybe not thousands. But we’ve certainly done a good job planting the garden up for the pollinators.

The alliums, sea holly, hollyhock, veronica, salvia, verbene and others attract plenty of bees. Most are either White-Tailed (Bombus lucorum) or Buff-Tailed (Bombus terrestris) Bumblebees. The workers are almost indistinguishable visually, so I’m really not certain which.

On sea holly

On sea holly

On allium

On allium

Buff-tailed or White-tailed?

Buff-tailed or White-tailed?

We also have Red-tailed Bumblebees (Bombus lapidarius)

Red-tailed Bumblebee worker

Red-tailed Bumblebee worker

Plus plenty of solitary bees, such as leaf-cutters and mining bees, and carder bees, wasps, and honey bees.

Honey Bee

Honey Bee looking out at the world

It’s really satisfying, given the garden had almost no plants when we moved in back in 2013, to now see it so alive with insects and birds.

What I need to do next is get some video of the bumblebees when they hit the giant (3m+) Hollyhock. They go crazy in the giant flowers, ending up upside down and coated in pollen, looking like they fell in a bag of sugar.

After all that work, you need a rest. This bee flew off fine later.

After all that work, you need a rest.
This bee flew off fine later.

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I welcome thoughts, comments and questions, so please feel free to share anything at all. Thanks, David

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