Bees and insects are enjoying the garden just as much as we are this time of year! I was at a four-hour bumblebee identification course over the weekend, which was quite interesting and I was able to get a few photos. I still can't identify bumblebees, but maybe with a bit more practice I'll get better! So I thought I'd share some bee-tastic photos and a few interesting facts from the course...
|Only female bumblebees can sting.|
More than 1/2 of bee species in Ireland have declined in numbers and
1/3 are threatened with distinction.
|Pollen is stuck to the back leg to carry back to the nest (pictured above). Flower: Snapdragon.|
|I've leeks flowering in the garden - the insects and bees love them.|
|Bumblebees put a chemical marking on flowers to tell other bees the pollen is depleted so they don't waste their time.|
|Bumblebees are most attracted to the colours: blue-green, violet and ultraviolet.|
|I'm always trying to capture photos of things buzzing about the garden. This hoverfly looks just a pretty as a bumblebee and is an important pollinator.|
|Oops - a wasp - I thought it was a good photo (even if they do ruin picnics and outings!).|
One final interesting bit of information from the day -
There are 100 crops that provide 90% of our food worldwide.
71 of these 100 crops are bee pollinated.
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