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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

Macro Monday #24

35 thoughts on “Macro Monday #24

  1. 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?

    • 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… 😦

    • 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!

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    • 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 😦

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