It's the time of year when bee photos flood into NatureSpot, so it must be time to write about bees. More...
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has published a very useful guide to taking identifiable bumblebee photos (perhaps they were inspired by our own Photography section?). In summary, several shots are necessary:
- Dorsal view
- Front view
- Side view
- Rear view
Taking a series of photos like this (if the bee doesn't fly away - don't try and get too close) will make your records more likely to be accepted because the bee can be identified.
If you want to become an expert, a series of free Bumblebee Identification Workshops at the Leicester Botanic Garden are coming up - put the dates in your diary.
Make a note of which flowers they are foraging - open or tubular - may indicate short or long tongued bumble species.
Are they collecting pollen in their pollen baskets?
Are they biting holes at the base of the flower tubes/spurs and doing a bit of daylight robbery?