Bee photography

Some reconstruction to the bee photography pages:

I am reorganising the page so that it links to photographs of particular types of bees. For this transitional period there will be links to new pages just below, while the old page content can still be found below the links. Some of the pages are not up and running yet, so there are no links to them. All coming as soon as I’ve sorted through my photographs.

Links to bee photographs

Just photographs of bees, without comment.

Flowers and bees

Miner bees

Leafcutter bees

Hairy footed flower bee

Solitary bees in general


Other bees, wasps, and flies

Original content of this page, which will be edited later:

I’m particularly interested in the Solitary Bees, and especially the Leafcutters. However, I love to photograph any of the bees that come into the garden. At the moment I only have a compact camera with a macro setting, so the photographs are just the kind that anyone can take if they have a little patience, aim at some flowers, and start shooting as soon as they hear the buzzing.

I’m no expert on bees, and I can’t be completely certain that I’ve identified all the bees correctly, so please contact me if you can identify anything on this page or I’ve got the wrong bee! I have found that bees look very different in photographs and identification guides, some of which is down to different light conditions, or the age of the bee. A freshly-hatched young bee is a lot hairier and has more colour than a bee who has been around a few weeks. And of course the male and female are usually different sizes and colourings. I’m learning a lot as I go along. So here are some photographs taken so far this year.

Tawny Mining Bee:

Above: A very young female Tawny mining bee, photographed on 5th April 2011. See blog post here.

Below: I think this is the same bee photographed on 13th April, but I can’t be certain. It is a lot less bright than the newly-emerged bee, and doesn’t seem to be a male which are smaller and have larger jaws. Even so, if it is the same bee, it has already faded and lost quite a bit of hair from the thorax. What do you think? If they fade to this colour quite quickly then it would explain why I have never noticed one until this year.

Below: Here is a Honey Bee on the same plants, for comparison. You can see they are covered in pollen:

Early Mining Bee:

Andrena carantonica: (Identification not certain – please leave a comment or email me if you know what this is – it looked quite bluish in the sunlight):

Mating Early Mining Bees:

These pictures were taken on 5th April 2011, a breezy day.

1. Female resting on leaf, seems to be depositing pollen from her feet to the leaf.
2. Pollen can be seen on the leaf, meanwhile the male is visible, hovering above.
3. The male, smaller and more slender than the female, lands on the leaf.
4. Male and female together.

5-7. Mating takes place (in 6, the male is balancing on his wing tips).
8. The scene from slightly further out.

Mining bees and nests:

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