I have talked about Bumble Bees, but there are bees that look like Bumble Bees, but their behaviour is very different and they are not only a different species, but in a completely different bee family. Anthophora bomboides are Digger Bees. They are solitary bees and just want to look like they have back-up protection… Continue reading Bumble Bee Mimic
Bumble Bees are broad, round and very hairy. They are social bees with a colony and a single queen, but their colonies are smaller than those of Honey Bees, with only between 50-500 bees. Honey bees have between 10,000 – 60,000 bees in a hive. There are 46 species of Bumble Bees in North America… Continue reading Bumble Bees
I found it interesting to discover that bees have five eyes! I have noticed little dots on the top of the head, but I didn’t know they are eyes. They are known as simple eyes, because each eye has just one lens. There are three of these simple eyes, which are known as ocelli and… Continue reading So This Is How ABC’s
Identifying a bee is very complicated. I have talked about how bees are divided into seven bee families, but the division continues with subfamily, tribe, genus and finally species. Family names always end in –idea, but that is often abbreviated to –id. A subfamily nae always ends in –inae and a tribe with –ini. However… Continue reading This Bee ID Is Troubling Me
So now I know there are 400 different species of bee in my area, I have been trying to figure out how I tell them apart and it isn’t easy. They are not put into tidy groups that make it easy to see that this one has this, so it belongs here. Many times different… Continue reading Struggling To See The Bee ID
I guess our sweet tooth has led us to associate bees with honey, hives, stinging and swarms, but that isn’t a fair picture when looking at bees. These are behaviours of the European Honey bee (the bee in my picture) and they are not native bees. There are over 400 wild bee species in Eastern… Continue reading Bee Informed
I have been tinkering with my little garden behind the cottage. Every week I was finding that the grass was swamping my little garden, so I wanted to find a way of keeping the grass from the edge of the bed, but also wanting it to have a natural feel to it. There was a… Continue reading Pardon! My Garden!