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.

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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

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