Of bees and blogs

Bee in Cellandine 17.2.13

It usually starts in February.

Early bumble bee February 2013The bees start sneaking into my posts.

Bee 1.4.13

By April things are hotting up.

Bee on Forget-me-not.18.4.13

They appear on Forget-me-nots.

Andrena fulva.25.4.13

I show the solitary bees pollinating our blackcurrants.

Carpenter April2013

The bees are getting bigger.

Bee on Dame de onze heure.19.4.13

The more flowers that appear the more bees that arrive.

Bee in Holly hock.13.7.13

Summer brings even more bees.

Bee-Geranium 5.7.14

The geraniums in my blog are accompanied by bumble bees.

Bee in Chicory.11.8.13

The Chicory flower is accompanied by a colourful solitary bee.

August poppy

In August the bees are in the Hollyhocks.

Bee in Dahlia.11.8.13

In the dahlias…

Bee in Dahlia-28.8.13

For a gardening blog I fear there maybe a bit too many bees.

Bumble in Sedum

I can’t help it they are too appealing (c’est plus fort que moi!)

I do, however, want to learn and understand more about solitary bees and so I have decided to separate (to some extent) my passion for the bees from the garden.  I have started a new blog Bees in a French Garden .  This is a more serious blog to find out if there is anyone else out there interested in solitary bees.  It would be nice to find people to exchange ideas with as has happened with my garden blog.  I have learnt so much following some great gardening blogs so I am hoping my bee blog will be rewarding too.

My French Garden Blog will continue as the garden changes through the seasons incorporating the advice and help from friends and bloggers.

33 thoughts on “Of bees and blogs

  1. Well this played right to my own growing passion for bees. I am off to follow your new blog immediately. You might like to know that my shot of the Halictus bee has just been short listed in Interrnational Garden Photographer of the Year. So maybe there are others out there who share our passion. 😉


    1. Congratulations on being short-listed! Good luck for the finals, I think insects are often under represented in photography. You are very well placed for seeing lots of bees in Surrey. I really recommend Bees of Surrey by David W. Baldock, Amazon is out of stock but this is where I got my copy http://www.nhbs.com/bees_of_surrey_tefno_157965.html.
      The other blog I recommend is Ed Phillips. He is a great photographer and has even gone photographing with Steven Falk (swoon ah.)


  2. Amelia, I’ll definately be “hovering” in the “wings” of that one…
    and I’ll bet that Susan “buzzes” by, too!!
    Love the rather squat Anthophora “plumpies” [slight anagram] arriving at the Cerinthe flower… and the close-up of the male in the wall…
    it is going to be a fun and educational blog to follow!!


    1. Gosh – I had never thought of that! You are right. I have explained I’m only learning but a lot of people just look at the pictures and don’t read the text. I just hope I find some people, preferably local, who want to join in and help with the IDs together.


        1. I have seen great photographs on Bugguide and I can imagine it would be a fantastic resource for you but it concentrates on the United States and Canada. The insects and bees that I find here are often different. Your bumble bees are very cute but different from ours, for example.


          1. It did. I can’t help thinking that someone, somewhere, will find your observations priceless; a university research department, an agricultural research station somewhere in the area? These tiny, day to day micro studies are surely invaluable to our understanding of bees.


    1. Thanks for the follow. I take it that you are another softy for the bees :). As the posts continue please feel free to comment if you come across any information on solitary bees or any of your own observations.


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