|Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris|
|Hairy-footed Flower Bee male, Anthophora plumipes|
11th April 2018 and a Hairy-footed Flower Bee male, Anthophora plumipes above is sunning himself.
|Hairy-footed Flower Bee female, Anthophora plumipes|
This vegetable plot was dug last Autumn and despite the frosts and torrential rain the clods of Wealden clay are solid still.
|Adrena sp. mining bee.|
On the 14th April 2018, a solitary Adrena sp., a mining bee, loaded with pollen, disappeared into a crack in the ground -- perhaps to make a nest.
|Gooden's Nomad Bee, Nomada goodeniana ?|
Elsewhere in the garden there were more bee species.
Tawney Mining Bee, Adrena fulva pollinating blackcurrants.
Pollination was also aided by a male Early Bumblebee, Bombus pratorum.
Another Andrena sp. ? solitary bee has been flying for some days now: above on a dandelion flower in a flower bed today.
Not a bad count for a formal garden, which is evolving into a nature reserve: the subject of one of my talks, which can be seen at http://www.peterlovetttalks.co.uk/page19.html
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There actually was an eighth sepcies yesterday -- a tiny solitary mining bee shown below.
An Adrena sp.? possibly Andrena labiata, Red-girdled Mining Bee: the white face fits. Here on a foxglove leaf.
If one was to include Honeybees then the species count goes to nine bees.
Above on Ground-Ivy, Glechoma hederacea, which is visited by numerous bee species and is a "must have" "weed" in my garden.