Honey bee (apis mellifera) (Garden)

Honey bee (apis mellifera)

These are my bees, The Queen marked with a yellow dot which denotes 2012 , is a new queen she has replace the queen that the workers killed off as she was not laying. She is a Carniolan queen.

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A swarm of bees that I caught and re hived .A new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees, a process called swarming. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies.

Leaf Cutter Bee (Megachile willbughbiella.) (Garden)

Leaf Cutter Bee (Megachile willbughbiella.)

This females leaf cutter bee was feeding when I took this photo. But I had been watching her cut up my Rose leaves and fly off with them to a Bamboo Bee hotel I had made, where she took them inside before flying out to get more leaves