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Un bee-liveable bees!

Have you noticed that when you take an interest in something then it becomes very noticeable in daily life.

Perhaps you buy a new car then you seem to see similar cars everywhere.

I recently had a similar experience with kimchi. It’s a Korean pickled cabbage. Just recently I didn’t know what it was. Then I found out and there were references to it all over the place. Even a restaurant named ‘kimchi’!

Anyway that’s what’s happening to our allotment. No, it’s not covered in Korean style cabbage or familiar motor vehicles.

But since we got our hive, it’s covered in bees.

Okay don’t panic, I know this sounds pretty stupid.

Of course it’s covered in bees.
You just put a hive full of them on it!

I hear you yelling!

But the weird thing is there’s lots of different types of wild bee.

Today we were sitting taking in the sun and this little lass turned up.

<a href="http://“>miner bee

A tiny miner bee. She wanted to create a nest between the paving. Either the gap was too narrow after some burrowing or the local ant put her off.

Meanwhile, our beautiful comfrey plant with it’s drooping purple blooms has it’s own special bee.

A type of bumble that is too big to fit inside each bell shaped flower. So she has a cunning plan. She drills a tiny hole in the base and can then stick her tiny tongue (proboscis) through to collect the nectar. There’s a whole family of these bees focused on the task.

The hole here is clearly seen fringed with brown to the left of the bee.


This bee is sampling the nectar carefully.


Here’s the proboscis in action.


So then there’s another colony of larger bumble bees who’ve taken up residence under the storage box on our plot. They have a great feature in front of their house of a dandelion.

<a href="http://“>bumble bee nest

So four easily noted types of bees on one small allotment. How cool is that?

All these bees are important. The honey bee is in vogue at the moment and the predicament faced by bees battling pesticides, increasing monoculture and urbanization. But wild bees are also suffering. They all need protection and regard.

Do you see specific bees in your garden?

Are you growing plants that they will enjoy, like borage and comfrey?

10 comments on “Un bee-liveable bees!

  1. fiftytwofancies
    May 24, 2014

    Bees are such awesome little creatures! I would love to have a big enough garden to keep a hive one day. We have a flowering native tree in New Zealand called the Pohutukawa, and bees love it. It makes delicious honey too!


    • lizard100
      May 24, 2014

      It’s a great thing to do. What a greasy name for a plant species.


  2. The Crazy Crone
    May 24, 2014

    We get bumble bees and loads of native bees here in North Cyprus. We also get, not bees, but hornets which, according to the information I’ve checked, have a fearsome reputation but are really quite peaceable unless you stir them up. Our hornets buzz around, check things out, then buzz off quite placidly (thank goodness).


    • lizard100
      May 24, 2014

      It’s funny isn’t it? The bugs are a nuisance to us. But we never take responsibility for upsetting them. Every time I’ve been stung it was my fault.


  3. lindaswildlifegarden
    May 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post Liz and thank you for sharing have a blessed weekend


  4. selmazebra
    May 24, 2014

    Good luck with your hive, and congratulations on some truly stunning photos in this post. I’ve spotted several different varieties of bee on my plot already this Spring. Borage is a big favourite with them, but they also congregate around the lavender and Californian poppies which I grow around the edges of the plot.


    • lizard100
      May 24, 2014

      Thanks. Glad you like the photos. That’s the great thing about bees. They visit a flower so we can just wait for them to step into the shot. Our lavender is about to open and the poppies of various kinds will be along shortly. Can’t wait. I’m hoping we’ll end up with many bees species.


  5. Rambling Woods
    May 24, 2014

    You know I love and plant for bees… Great post


  6. mylatinnotebook
    May 25, 2014

    Love the photos and the vids! I don’t know whether I am just seeing more, different kinds of pollinators, as you say, or if the honeybees have been good promotion for my garden. Either way, my garden loves it.


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