Macro Monday #24

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Cornish Native Black Bee on Common Hogweed Umbellifer

The British Black Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera), orΒ  European Dark Honeybee, was common until the beginning of the 20th Century. Fully adapted for the cooler climate she was responsible for the pollination of the wild flowers you see in the British Isles today. Sadly a virus practically wiped the species out. I can’t be certain that this IS one of those descendants, but it does have a very dark bottom. Whether it is or it isn’t we need to do everything we can to encourage our bees.

Source: The Barefoot Beekeeper


35 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    We most definitely need to look after our bees, Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m busy planting bee loving plants – that is if the slugs and snails don’t get to them first!

      1. Sue says:

        Oh goodness, I hope they spare some for the bees….

    2. Dina says:

      I recently read that there’s so many bee-keepers now, 8000 alone in London, that we’re soon to face other problems …

      1. Sue says:

        Oh, goodness….

  2. Are you going to have a hive? You keep me in a permanent state of envy with your bee photos, and the flowers must be tiny too. Is this one taken with the new camera?

    1. Heyjude says:

      no room for a hive here Meg, it is only a small garden, no room for chickens either which I quite fancied. The flowers are from the hogweed plant I posted a couple of weeks ago. Umbellifer so lots of heads with tiny flowers. Still waiting for news of the camera… 😦

  3. Whether she is or not, she’s a little beauty and you did well to get such a wonderful shot of her, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Carol πŸ™‚

  4. Tack sharp! Loving them!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’ll be glad to get my camera back so I can use the macro lens. This is not my best camera, but one I use to record what is growing in the garden. Lucky shot of the bee!

  5. restlessjo says:

    Hey, it must be Monday! The bees are out πŸ™‚ Superb shot! The ‘still poorly’ camera?

    1. Heyjude says:

      They do appear to be a bit of an obsession don’t they? Blame the lack of butterflies! Though I did get a sot of a large moth the other day, and an equally large dragonfly, but that was fairly well camouflaged so probably won’t make it on to the blog.

      1. restlessjo says:

        No butterflies!!! What kind of a county have you moved to? Demand a rebate! πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          I lie. I did see a blue one the other day but it didn’t settle. And I have seen some on the hill πŸ™‚

        2. restlessjo says:

          No rebate for you! Ladybirds? πŸ™‚

        3. Heyjude says:

          Haven’t seen ladybirds for a couple of years now. Where are they all?

        4. restlessjo says:

          We’ve got ’em! Oop North. Hee hee! πŸ™‚

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Plants that bees love tend to be beautiful, what are you planting? What’s happened to your camera, it isn’t your newest one is it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have lots of salad and herb seeds to plant, goodness knows if they will grow! Also companion plants that are supposed to attract insects that feed on aphids. From the looks of the new raised beds there are a LOT of nasturtium seeds erupting at the moment! And yes, it is the new camera. Gone back for repair but I haven’t had any news yet 😦

  7. Sue Slaght says:

    I am thinking that bee was feeling the paparazzi pressure! What an incredible macro Jude. So much lovely detail.

  8. Fabulous macro, Jude. Love your black-bottomed bee. πŸ™‚

  9. Great photo – the detail when you enlarge it is great. I am trying to fill my garden with bee friendly plants too. Luckily lavender, which bees love, is not on the preferred menu for slugs and snails (which my garden is FULL of) so I have a few of them. I’ve also found that slugs don’t care for agapanthus, which the bees like too, so I’m adding to my collection of them. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Good to know, I have a lot of snails here too!

      1. I get quite demoralised when yet another plant falls victim to them, so I am gradually changing over to having things that slugs and snails don’t bother with.

  10. More lavender (can’t have too much of that!), more agapanthuses (is that the plural?), more geraniums, ornamental grass, fuschias (so far the slugs haven’t bothered with that and it comes back every year after looking rather dead in the autumn and winter so I will probably plant some more), crocosmia (but not the huge stuff – it takes up too much room so I have started thinning it out), astilbes seem to be unaffected, so I might try a few more of them. I’m sure there is other stuff, but I can’t remember what!

    1. Heyjude says:

      OK. I have most of those, except the grasses and astilbes. And more lavender sounds good. I love lavender πŸ™‚

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