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  • Karen GreenKaren Green Posts: 11

    love the bee pics, wonder what they are doing -would love to know. Checked in a book, they look like they may beTree bumblebees, Bombus hypnorum. Book says they are newcomers,first recorded in Britain 2001, now fairly widespread in S England. They nest in tree holes - maybe they have mistaken your concrete blocks for trees!

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Karen Green wrote (see)

    .. they look like they may beTree bumblebees, Bombus hypnorum...

    Thanks for that identification.

    I'm completely useless at identifying bee species.

    The distinctive features of this bee seem to be a pronounced orange coat on its back, and a white tail.

    There's an on-line guide to species identification here:
    Bumblebee Conservation Trust Identification Guide

    They do look like Tree bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum.

    That guide says that they often nest in bird boxes. That figures.

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    @gary.. great pictures.. and thanks karen for the indentification.. i have noticed some of these in my garden.. the white tail is very obvisous..

    keep the pictures coming..

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    oh and thanks for that great link.

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I get the white tails in my garden a lot and I watched the bees graze the opening to their ground nest last year in my garden and took it as doing housework. I guess ground entrances are more prone to wear and tear, so I could be wrong here, perhaps others can say with more authority.image

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 475

    I have just taken this picture of my Fox Glove with a hungry Bee inside, you can just see his legs.



  • i am so jealous, i have 2 small patios and the rest is all horrible stones with a patch or bark covered mud soon to be covered by a shed and run for the bunnies.

    i have plenty of pots and things but im guessig because i have no bushed trees or shrubs for the birds to take cover in if they feel insuafe they avoid the food i put out all together.

    ive seen one magpie attemtping to steal marbles from a hideous garden ornament the previous owners left and 2 pidgeons fighting to the point where one of them had to be caught and killed as it was flapping around and bleeding all over my garden!!

    i dont want a tree but am hoping once the bunnies move from there current plac eto there new spot i can put a bench, trellis over it and pots either side with some sort of tree climber shrub in it and a few feeders on the wall.

    the in laws have gorgeous wildlife in their garden including all sorts of birds squirrels and pond life and a few mice that the dog attempts to catch! an hoping to  get things going so that i can feed the birds over the winter and watch from my kitchen window.

    last year my mum had a blackbird nest in next doors 'jungle' of a garden and we could see it really close and hear the babies. was lovely to watch and we now put feeders out attached to the jungle that encrouches on our garden to encourage them even more.

  • the jungle next door sounds greaat for wildlife (as long as it hasn't got rubbish/litter in it of course), you too could have plenty of wildlife in your garden if you plant native plants or wildlife friendly plants in your pots, put out a small pond (upturned dustbin lid even), put up a nestbox and some bee homes (all cheap and easy to make yourself). Give it some time then you could take some great pics for this sight - good luck


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  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Love to see the bees image This planet needs them!

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