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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

It is the females that do all the work and get things done...

.... at least in the world of bees.
as some photo's from my garden today illustrate.
 Styrax japonica is a fabulous tree now.  Its flowers are attracting scores of bumblebees. 
Above and below probably male Buff-tailed Bumblebees.

 This Buff-tailed Bumblebee is a worker: see the pollen basket on its leg.  Click any picture to expand it.
 Above, probably a Red-tailed Bumblebee male.
 On a Cornflower, above this looks like a male Red-tailed Bumblebee too -- collecting no pollen.
 Meanwhile, in the wild area a worker Red-tailed Bumblebee, is filling her pollen baskets to feed her growing family relations in the nest.

This wild area is full of Yellow rattle, Ox-eye Daisies, Smooth Cat's ear and more: a haven for insects.

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