I spent yesterday afternoon in the meadow with the bees. There were so many of them, all over the Common Knapweed that is currently dominating the western end of the space. I spotted four, or maybe five, different types of bee whilst I was there.
Firstly, there were the Buff-tailed Bumble Bees.
There were also Red-tailed Bumble Bees.
There were Common Carder Bumble Bees.
And there were Honey Bees.
Finally, there was a lonely bee that I haven’t managed to firmly identify yet. I only managed to snap a couple of pictures before it flew off, none of which give me a large number of identifying features, and only one of the pictures is clear enough to use. It’s a type of brown bee. Compared to the others, it doesn’t seem to be orange enough to be another Carder Bumble Bee, and it’s too rounded and hairy to be a Honey Bee. I think it may be a type of either Mason or Mining Bee, but I could well be wrong.
This was for day 32 of 365 Days Wild. Only 333 days to go…