Whitemill Solitary Bees

Due to the cold weather snap earlier in the year this seasons solitary bee collection from the banks of the river Stour, close to Whitemill, were later than normal and over a lot shorter period of time, last week of April to mid May.

They are attracted to the flowering dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) and you will either find me lying down amongst the dandelion to get the shot or wandering around trying to spot them. Sometimes more time is spent doing the latter than the former. Anyways on to the pics!

The 1st two successful shots

Bee face
Bee face
Bee side
Bee side

 

Yellow & Blue

Yellow & Blue
Yellow & Blue
Yellow & Blue II
Yellow & Blue II
Bee Central
Bee Central

 

Emotion & motion

Happy Days!
Happy Days!
Happy
Happy
Yellow mellow
Yellow mellow
Up Up and Away
Up Up and Away

The next show how these particular bees carry the pollen, stuck to hairs, known as scopae, on the upper inside of their back legs

Pollen on back legs
Pollen on back legs
On a grass stem
On a grass stem
Bee eye
Bee eye

and here is the final photo of the collection.

Bee Pink
Bee Pink

Hope you enjoyed them.

Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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