Feeling the Buzz

by Colin Massey July. 25, 2020 321 views

The humble but ecologically important bumble bee, a garden wouldn't be a garden without their presence, flying from flower to flower collecting that pollen to make our delicious honey and keeping our eco system going. I had no idea that there were so many different species of bee, in the UK alone there are 270 different species, 250 being solitary bees.

Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey, WOW .. One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey. Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators. Crops that depend on pollination are five times more valuable than those that do not.

We can all do our bit to help bees whether that’s in our gardens, balconies or windowsills. You can also chat to friends and family about how cool bees are and help them to make their wild spaces bee-friendly. 

Plant a range of flowers in your garden so bees have access to nectar from March to October. Bees love traditional cottage garden flowers and native wildflowers, like primrose, buddleia, and marigolds.

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Al Arid 1 year ago

WOW! So much detail in these photographs! Love the close ups where you can see their eyes and pollen over their bodies.

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Colin Massey Replied to Al Arid 1 year ago

Thank you Al, I love the bees

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G B 1 year, 1 month ago

pretty purples and cute fuzzy little bee grinning

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Colin Massey Replied to G B 1 year ago

Thank you

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

Wonderful pictures of these hard working creatures

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Colin Massey Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thank you so much, I love photogaphing bees

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