While the world population of bees is in danger, it seems my policy of not caring for the property – in the fashion my neighbours would prefer – has paid off. Every day when I fetch the horses from pasture, it has been buzzing with bumbles, I really should have filmed that during our heatwave, it was deafening. (how am I not getting these ideas at the time of action? I’ve thought about a video diary for quite a while, and yet…) During my little photo adventure the other day I met more bees. Some of them are possibly flies in disguise, I know we have those too.
Interestingly, while all I saw a few weeks ago was a horde of bumble bees, now in the same spots we have an army resembling that handsome fellow above and only 2-3 bumbles at a time. They must have different foraging schedules.
As you can see, the types of flowers we have are slightly different from what you might find in the average wheat, barley or rapeseed field. Borago, red clover, alfalfa, trefoil, burnet, chicory, knapweed, and yarrow among others.
Meanwhile, in a jungle of mint, not a single bee in sight (I do wonder what mint honey would taste like) there were at least 20 of these guys gathered.