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Delighted to have our latest bee habitat sculpture exhibited in “What’s Next?” @unisonartscenter for the next year.  The exhibition was curated Michael Asbill his SUNY New Paltz Sculpture: Collaborative Constructions Class. Linda Weintraub’s forthcoming ecomaterialist book inspired the curatorial theme, bringing together ecomaterialist artists across the Hudson Valley. @michaelasbill @linda.weintraub @npsculpture #ecomaterials #solitarybee #ecoart
Bee bums 🐝  Getting out earlier this evening doing the bee hotel checks.  Every time I see a female Wool Carder bee’s bum like this evening in the hotel my heart skips a beat. Is one FINALLY nesting in my garden? No. Which tells me two things...1) they obviously have great nesting areas nearby, which is brilliant and 2) I need to get out more.  It’s rare they sleep over the night but these are great areas for bees to find safety...and besides, who could resist wanting to hang out more with Deuro. I mean, look at that cute little face 🤗  I need to modify some more bee hotels as my folks are now at capacity with theirs and mine won’t be far behind unless I get a wiggle on. I also have to get water out earlier as this warm weather continues as I’ve got about seven shallow bowls around my garden that need topping up due to little critters not being able to access my pond during the day. Even the wasps are drinking out of my ponds waterfall which is brilliant to see 🤗  #beebums #bee #bees #beehotel #woolcarderbee #solitarybee #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #naturelovers #mylittleworld #🐝
It was great to hear from happy bee lover Lucy over on Twitter with news of her first nest. When we confirmed it was a leafcutter Lucy said ‘That’s brilliant, so pleased! I never thought that my Beeblock would attract anyone being on a third floor balcony in central London. Am over the moon!’ Proof that even urban balconies can contribute to habitat and food sources for our bees. : : #lovebees #bees #beeblock #beesblock #smallbeeblock #beebrick #homeforbees #solitarybeeweek #leafcutter #nestingsite #fullofbees #solitarybee #solitarybees #urban #balcony #balconygarden #balconygardening #lovenature #urbanbiodiversity #urbanbeekeeping
Must will go on • Hbee, nesting place for solitary bees • Public Project Presentation • #savethebees #bee #solitarybee #design #productdesign #ecology #environtment #goodfortheplanet #hotel #polinators #barcelona #designer
It’s slightly cooler today in the garden and Deuro is taking the opportunity to rest in between...well, ya know 😉 I still think it’s sweet watching his antennae unfurl after successfully mating, even if he needs a reminder from the females that he can’t stay there all day 😁 but a new Wool Carder bee female has rocked up at the fluffy flower patch. She’s new markings I’ve not seen and she’s wicked fast. So fast, that she’s literally flying circles round Deuro who looks confused as to how best to approach her, but slowly clearly isn’t working. Deuro admitted defeat and went back to making sure the hover flies and meadow brown butterflies know he’s the king of this fuzzy jungle (better luck next time buddy🤗) #bee #solitarybee #woolcarderbee #fluffyflowers #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #letsbeefriends #naturephotography #nature_lovers #nature #birdsandthebees #springwatch #wildlifetrust #letsbeefriends #shenanigans #naturalist #apiary #🐝
So why save bees? 🐝 Well one of the reasons is that they perform a very important service to our economies. In Ireland alone, it is estimated that bees are worth €53 million per annum, with 10% of our agricultural production relying on insect pollination.  In the U.K. it’s a staggering £510 million p.a. In Europe, €14.2 billion p.a!!! 😳 One of the most important bees is the Ashy Mining bee, which looks like a little flying badger.  It is a fairly common sight in spring and early summer, which is when our fruit trees are in bloom. Solitary bees are important because they are extremely efficient at gathering pollen. Their abdomens are covered with stiff hairs which they pack with pollen to bring back to their nests. Honey bees have pollen baskets on their legs, so can’t carry as much.  The Ashy Mining bee makes her nest in the ground, preferring south facing sandy banks.  I painted her on a crabapple blossom, as crabapples are often planted beside apple trees to attract the bees (they have more pollen). So next time that you eat an apple or pear, think of the bee that made it happen. They are our unsung heroes. 🐝😉💕
#solitarybee prepare his tunnel #insect #wild
Little leafcutter bee busy nesting. Not the tidiest attempt but gets the job done! 😍🐝 #leafcutterbee #solitarybee #homesforbees #bees #pollinators
Our new Solitary Bee Hive has its first inhabitants 🐝🐝 @hyde_media  #bee #hive #beehive #solitarybee #nature #garden #wildlife #welcomeourwildlife #wildlifephotography #summer
Mason bees 🐝 are not only an essential pollinator for human crops 🌾, but for wildlife food as well. This doe is checking for any early apples 🍎 resulting from the bees hard work this spring  #masonbees #pollinator #solitarybee #deer #whitetail #doe
In my garden, the only plants that are thriving in this long very hot spell are the Sempervivums. The Wool Carder Bees (Anthidium manicatum) are currently going bonkers for their flowers (3 pics) #beesofinstagram #bees #bee #solitarybee #pollinatormonday #flyinginsect #mygarden #arthropod_perfection #insect_addict #insect_macro #macronature #macro_brilliance #macro #kings_macro #essexwildlifetrust #springwatch #instanature #englandsbigpicture #top_macro #britishwildlife #naturepics365 #lovebees #garden_explorers #wildlifegarden #thorpebay #insectphotography #rspb_love_nature #wildlife_perfection
Back in May I was fortunate to see several longhorn bees (Eucera longicornis), one of the largest species of solitary bee in the UK. They get their name because males like this one have very long antennae! Groovy right?! 🐝

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