Explore The World Of Bees.....



Did you know, there are about 25,000 types of bees in the world, with probably more species awaiting discovery?


Were you aware that most species are solitary, that males cannot sting, and that collectively, they help to pollinate an estimated one third of all the food we eat?  

Find out more about bees and how you can help them.....................

30 Fantastic garden flowers for bees

White-tailed bumble bee on pink beach aster flower


Beautiful flowering shrubs for bees and pollinators 

bumble bee on a pink spirea flower cluster


Learn about and watch lovely leafcutter bees

Leafcutter bees cut away neat segments of leaf or flower petal for making their nest cells.  Learn more about leafcutter bees here.


Do bees have teeth?

Image of bee mandibles


Do bees have knees?

an orange legged furrow bee on purple  knapweed flower


How do honey bees taste?

Graphic highlighting body parts of the honey bee associated with taste reception.


Why do honey bees have hairy eyes?

a honey bee on pale pink hemp agrimony flower.


The amazing structure of a wasp nest

The structure of the inside of a wasp nest, revealing hexagonal egg cells which have a grey, papery appearance.




50 Facts about the amazing honey bee

Honey bee flying toward purple loosestrife flower


Honey bee swarm

Swarming Bees
The sight of swarming bees may unnerve some people, bu it's a very natural and wonderful part of the life cycle of honey bees (Apis mellifera).

Image of bees eating meat  - in this case, a locust.

Do bees eat meat?
Amazingly, a small group of tropical species do! 
 

Barbut's bumble bee male on a yellow flower

Do bees sleep? 
Scientific study suggests that bees exhibit behaviours that suggest they do!

A rectangular portion of honey comb

How do honey bees make honey?
"A bee is an exquisite chemist" said the Royal Beekeeper to King Charles 1.  He was right, of course!

Bumble bee on clover flower

Why do bees have furry bodies?
As bees visit flowers, they collect fine pollen grains on the many hairs on their bodies. 

Bee trapped in spider web, with spider next to its prey

Bees trapped in spider webs?
Once free from the web, the bee will clean itself. 


What can you do to help bees?

Start with these TOP 10 TIPS TO HELP BEES - and share them with friends.

You could also ask your council to do their bit.

Without doubt, one of the most important thing you can do is ensure you include as many plants for bees in your garden as possible


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