Soft

I couldn’t resist sharing and re-sharing some bumblebee photos for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge from Tina on the theme “soft “. Bees have had a pretty tough year – the late, cold spring certainly did not help.  But I do love watching them. Providing food for bees from March right through till the first frosts in October is a great way to ensure you enjoy bees in your garden.

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The current hits in my garden are oregano, comfrey, borage, poppies and runner beans. Lupins are popular earlier in the summer, as can be seen below. Even now the last remaining lupin flowers are being visited by carder bees.

Wildflowers, fruit trees and herbs are also vitally important food sources.

 

17 thoughts on “Soft

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Actually bumbles rarely sting – you have to really upset them – they are usually too busy trying to find food:)

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  1. Eliza Waters

    I love seeing all your different bees. Tonight I was noticing how our globe thistle was being mobbed by the small bumblebees, while the bee balm was being tackled by the larger ones. Glad to provide food for them while I enjoy the beauty. 🙂

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  2. Leya

    Lovely softies – some of my favorites too! The carder bumble in the apple tree (?) is a real beauty. I remember as a child watching Ferdinand (the bull, Christmas Disney) being stung by a bumble bee, and I thought they must have got it wrong…I had never heard of them stinging. As a grown-up now I know they can, but they very seldom do.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes the carder is on apple blossom. The apple blossoms were later this year because of our cold spring so the bees seemed to be able to make more use of them.

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  3. aj vosse

    I love watching them… especially when bees and butterflies squabble about the same flower head! I captured a moment like that a few week’s ago… here’t the bee approaching…

    and the butterfly departing…

    😉

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