beauties

One of the most fascinating aspects of my work on bees is that I have become much more aware of the kinds of bees and other insects that appear in my garden. I’m on the lookout all the time and dash about with my camera in the hopes of capturing the little creatures at work. I must add that this awareness is also thanks to Madame Beespeaker, Lori Weidenhammer, who has widened my interests immensely with her passion for plants, for pollinators and for helping people understand the importance of maintaining and enhancing our natural environment.

Here’s a busy honeybee, sunk deep in my pitiful-looking hellebore, searching for nectar.

Honey-bee-on-Hellebore

 

What a beauty! An orange-rumped (?) bumblebee queen digging in my pink pieris blossoms.

Orange-Rumped-Bumblebee-queen-on-pink-pieris-blooms

 

Another bumblebee queen on my white pieris.

Bumble-Bee-queen-on-Pieris-blossoms

 

Look at the color of the pollen this lovely honeybee is carrying on her back legs. She’s been foraging on my Buttercup Winter Hazel.

Honeybee-with-yellow-pollen

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