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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 20th August, 2020)

White-tailed bumble bee

White-tailed bumble bee
Walker Garden - Haigh Woodland park

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Fuji X-T1)
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Comment by: peebee on 20th August 2020 at 00:38

Terrific shot, technically they shouldn't be able to fly, fortunately no one has told them. Beautiful creatures and they do so much good work in the garden

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th August 2020 at 08:33

Lovely photo. xx

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 20th August 2020 at 09:52

I wish they'd mow my grass.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th August 2020 at 10:27

ee by gum {Oy} you must have a very good close camera

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 20th August 2020 at 12:56

Bruce - Bees don't mow grass. :)

Cyril - I have - I've taught it everything it knows :)

Comment by: Alan on 20th August 2020 at 13:08

Ee-by-gum that's what micro lenses do.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th August 2020 at 13:59

These white tailed bumble bees are the ones on our lavender, they out number any other species of bee this summer.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 20th August 2020 at 14:23

Alan - this was taken using a regular 35mm lens. I don't have a macro/micro lens for this camera.

Helen - I've noticed a lot of these about this year too. Our Lavender is still attracting mostly honey bees though.

Comment by: Cyril (original) on 20th August 2020 at 14:25

Both Bumble and Honey bees are so essential for pollinating the flowers on our food plants and trees, and yet some folks are so intent on destroying them, those neonicotinoid pesticides decimated their numbers and quite possibly made some species of bumbles become extinct, thankfully the use of this deadly substance has now been banned. You can help to feed the Bees by planting some bee friendly flowers (mixed seed packs are readily available) in your garden, and plants such as the Sea Holly as in the great photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th August 2020 at 14:29

My lavender bushes are full of these, but bees are all the same to me...
Spot on there with this photo.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 20th August 2020 at 18:12

A summer show without entreat
This August sunlit day
Of endless balm and tippled slakes
Come White-tail by the bays.
And now the jaw a silent purse,
Two glasses nice and slow,
For White-tail gives a whirling dance,
With Damsels by the row.

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