Bee Spotting Count

Many people I have talked to over the last year or so have had a spotting sheet for Bees. I have seen a few now and I thought that I would do the same. Ok… My list isn’t anything like the size of some of those… But I’m working on it.

Most of these photos were taken in my own garden… A couple weren’t but they are all my own photos.

This page will be updated as and when I see a new bee that I can identify or take a photo of.
2 Common carder bees visiting a Delphinium spike.What I think is a Carder bee on a Pieris

Common Carder Bee
Seen in and outside my garden
I have quite a few of these in my garden. They were only seen in small numbers but they were in the garden all day in the summer months.

Mason bee entering my bee hotel.A Bee that has made a nest in my wall. I didn't even realise I had taken this pic until much later. Its as if he is looking right at me!

Mason Bee
Seen in and outside my garden
Seen earlier in the year these were in fair number. At one point I had at least 5 bees flying around. This bee was happy to use my bee hotel.
Seen only early to mid spring.

Leaf cutter bee with rolled up leafA leafcutter bee and a small insect of some description on a Senecio cineraria plant.

Leafcutter Bee
Seen only in my garden
Seen mid-summer, I was VERY happy to see this one!

A Tree bumblebee taking 5 mins on the door of my greenhouse.

Tree bumblebee on Eryngium
Tree Bumblebee
Seen in and outside my garden
I had a nest located in the eaves of my roof so I saw a lot of these guys in my garden. Very common here in the UK.

Red tail bumblebee scrabblng in the soil.

Red tailed Bumblebee on Cinneraria flowers
Red tailed Bumblebee
Seen in and outside my garden
The first photo was taken at Nostell Priory. The second was taken on one of my Senecio cineraria flowers. The only issue I have is that the ‘Red’ tail on the 2nd image is more orange than red.

Honey Bee

20150822_121514Honey Bee
Seen in and outside my garden
The first pic was taken at Nostell Priory. They have 3 hives that I know of and possibly a couple wild ones I’m sure! The second was taken in my garden. In the late summer I started seeing more and more of them.


Unknown Bee
Seen in garden only

I don’t know what kind of bee this is. It has a black body with a yellow tinge and a white bum. At first I thought it was a faded Red tailed bee but the bum is white… Not a washed out red/pink. On the right image it seems to have a band of white (faded?) fur near the head.

14 thoughts on “Bee Spotting Count

  1. Are you in the UK? It looks like it sorta kinda.. LOL Do you have plenty of bees there now? Her in Pennsylvania by the East coast USA we have seen less. But as you see by my Banner photo my sister had some on her sunflowers and I’ve had them on my Butterfly bush and others flowers. I also make Beeswax soap, or at least I used to. I know we need our bees! I don’t have a cell phone, and I’m not sure that’s the real reason the bees are dying off. Maybe it’s a disease?

    1. We have quite a few. I don’t see so many in my garden at the mo as the plants they used to come visit have now finished. An Eryngium and a Centaurea. The other plants just aren’t bee plants really.

      The main reason bees are suffering is because of pesticides called neonicotinoids (google it!)

      Farmers use them far too much and it REALLY doesn’t do any good for the eco-system.

      It’s a sad fact that while they would do really well without us… We die very quickly with out them.

  2. I love the bee spotting idea. Is that sea holly in your photo? I planted some last summer and it did really well but it turns out to have been the annual one – I need to get a perennial for next summer.

    1. Yes, its Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ (Sea Holly). I didn’t even know there WAS an annual version! O.o

      If its an annual it may have set seed? Did you manage to harvest any?

  3. I really liked your bee photos. We tend to attract lots of bumble bees (I don’t know which variety, I’m afraid) every time the weeds get out of hand – they really loved red dead nettle and phacelia flowers. To be fair, we get bees on most of our decorative plants as well. There certainly doesn’t seem to be any shortage in our part of Cumbria.

    Good luck with the bee-spotting next year!

    1. Thank you.
      Dead nettles are great for attracting bees. They do love it. And to be honest most of our native wildflowers are just what bees, wasps and hoverflies go for! B-)

      I had a little Phacelia in my garden this year, it came as part of a ‘pollinator kit’ from the BBCT but it didn’t do so well and only one plant came up. It did set seed though so I’m hoping it will scatter a little.

      I’m really hoping for more next year… If I don’t get any others then I hope to get what I did this year, just more of them!

    1. Thank you! I’m really a RUBBISH photographer. I use the camera on my phone and out of about 20 shots I might get ONE that is usable!

      No… As far as I am aware Eryngium is from South America. Not native to the UK.

      1. If it wasn’t for digital most of us would still be taking out of ficus photos of our pets and headless shots of our relatives!
        20 -1 is pretty good. I refuse to reveal my ”odds”.

        1. These new camera phones are not as good as slightly older ones.
          My phone camera of choice is my old Samsung Ace 2. The phone was rubbish but the camera is actually very good. Far better than my newer phone.

          One day I will buy an actual (DSLR?) camera that I don’t have to swear at to make it focus on what I want!

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