Honey Bees - A Gallery
Honey Bees Visiting Flowers
Bees have a huge impact on pollination, thus on our lives. No matter how much anyone likes them or not, its hard to imagine a world without them, the more we learn about them. I have taken a greater interest than ever of honey bees. Do you recall just a few years back people were wondering what "happened" to the bees? It was fairly alarming, just the idea. Since that time however, we seem to see a resurgence of bees.
I have not always liked bees, in fact I am supposedly allergic to bees and it could be life threatening if I were ever to be stung. Since I like to take photos of flowers and insects, I knew I would be up close to many bees over time. That number one rule of thumb has proven to be true at least in my life. That is, leave them alone and they will leave you alone. In the meantime I have learned so much about them and they are such cool little creatures. This hub is to share a photo gallery of bees on flowers that I have captured over time.
Photos of Bees on Flowers
Photo 1 - Bee enjoying a bright yellow dahlia flower. He is doing his "thing" with the pollination, and we are seeing him from the back side here.
Photo 2 - This bee is enjoying a bright pink simple rose. I love that color of pink, and evidently the bee does as well!
Photo 3 - This yellow flower is a dandelion and the bee is having to dig deeper. If you click this photo to be larger, you can see more of what is going on, and his body detail a bit more.
Photo 4 - Another bee enjoying a big cluster of daisy like flowers. Its hard to keep with these bees, as they pretty much stay in one spot for just a short amount of time before moving on. I think this helps their survival as well, as moving targets are harder to capture or kill.
Photo 5 - This is my first time experiencing this particular flower. It is called a chocolate flower, and it truly smells like chocolate. It doesn't smell just like chocolate even, but good chocolate, if that is possible! The bee clearly likes these little yellow flowers. One neat thing is the underside of the petals of these flowers, as well as the little stamens. Both are very different from your average little flower. The seed pod is really unique as well.
Photos 6 & 9 - Honey bee on a purple aster flower in 6. Asters grow fairly well in the wild, so bees are used them being around in many different areas. In photo 9, we see a bee from a different angle on purple aster flowers.
Photo 7 - Another bee pollinating a yellow butterfly milkweed flower. Its amazing the energy these little fliers have. A great flower to grow if you want to attract bees, but also butterflies as it is a great host plant for butterflies, as they want to lay their eggs on the leaves of these plants. Butterflies also like the flowers too, but the leaves are sometimes what attracts them most.
Photo 8 - Two bees on a larger cluster of pink aster flowers. I love that color of pink,. Its almost easy to miss bees, I have noticed, when looking at flowers. We often just aren't looking for them, and sometimes they just blend in.
Photo 10 - A bee flying away from having just been on this light peach colored rose. I love to capture bees on flowers, but what I like even more is capturing them in flight!
Photo 11 - Honey bee on a deep pink and white dahlia flower. Before I took these photos, I had no ideas how much bees liked dahlias, but then again I shouldn't be surprised.
* I am thankful for the pollination that bees do for us all. There isn't anyone alive that doesn't benefit from bees living and working hard over the course of their lives. Its a joy to observe them, at least for me.