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A Gallery of Bumble Bees

Updated on November 25, 2011
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Bumble bees and Honey Bees

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Honeybees and Bumblebees

I have always wanted to learn more about bees, and especially since the alarming news that the "bees are disappearing!" When one thinks of the repercussions that can come (besides honey shortage!), from losing our bees, its actually very alarming.

I have a butterfly garden with the main goal being to attract butterflies, obviously. Why not do something similar for bees, for what could it hurt? Could it even maybe help bees if we gardened more with them in mind?

Here are some pictures of bees that I have found over the years. I am especially happy to see honey bees coming around as its been more rare. Bumblebees seem to always be around and helping with the polinating processes. This gallery is dedicated in particular, to the larger bumble bees. I have another hub on just the smaller honey bees as well. A big thank you goes oout to "Davenmidtown" for helping me to identify the names of some of these bees. I really appreciate that and learning more about them is so cool.

Photos of Bumble Bees in Gardens

Photo 1 - This lovely long flower has a large bumble bee on it, and I like that I can see different parts of its body, especially its eyes. I love the flower itself, a purple and white colored, "soft looking" flower. It actually is pretty soft to the touch. This bee is called the Eastern Carpenter Bee.

Photo 2 - A bumble bee on large purple coneflowers, or echinacea. I love to grow echinacea in my butterfly gardens, and it kind of doubles as a bee garden too! This is a Two Spot Bumblebee.

Photo 3 - Bee on bright pink azalea flowers in Texas. I love these bright flowers, and I was trying to capture them, when I saw the bee there. What a nice surprise. This also is a Two Spot Bumblebee

Photo 4 - These blue forget me not flowers were growing in my Texas garden, and I love that this bee was having what seemed to be a great time going back and forth between all the flowers. Here, he is caught mid flight. Eastern Carpenter Bee

Photo 5 - Bee on some tiny white wildflowers. They seem to like a wide range of flowers. This also is an Eastern Carpenter Bee.

(More descriptions below)

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Photo 6 (Above) - An Eastern Carpenter bee on some bright pink Pentas in Missouri. I love the pink pentas, and hope to grow some next Spring and Summer in my garden here. They are true favorites for butterflies and bees both.

Photo 7 - Big Eastern Carpenter bee on a bright orange marigold flower. I love his big eyes here, and how he was climbing around on the flower.

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Photo 8 (Above) - These bees, both a honey bee and larger Eastern Carpenter bee are enjoying the same flower, an interesting little cluster of white flowers. Its neat to observe the different behaviors here of some creatures compared to others. There sometimes is conflict with a food source, and then often not. It just all depends on the bug or insect or animal and the scarcity I imagine.

Photo 9 - These little red tubular flowers seem attractive to this bee. Its one of my faovorite photos of these guys. This is a Yellow Bumblebee.

Here is a quote by Sri Sathya Sai Baba that I thought interesting,

"The honey in the flower or lotus does not crave for bees; they do not plead with the bees to come. Since they have tasted the sweetness, they themselves search for the flowers and rush in. They come because of the attachment between themselves and sweetness. So too, is the relationship between the woman who knows the limits and the respect she evokes."

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Prairiepincess, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy you liked the photos. :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I hope to always keep sharing what I find like this. :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, first of all, absolutely stunningly beautiful photos! Wow, wow, wow! I would not be surprised if you take the contest. And second of all, I admire your courage in getting that close to these little creatures that can sting you! I run when *I* see a bee, so kudos to you. You have such an obvious love of nature and you are rewarded with such amazing pictures. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Nifty, thanks so much for your comment. :) I am glad to know others like to look at these little creatures too. Glad you stopped by.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Who doesn't like gazing at Bees and the beautiful flowers they snack on? It can turn into a bit of work & is sometimes just a tad dangerous, thank you oceansunsets for making it so easy with this hub!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Vasantha, thank you so much, I appreciate that! :)

      AllSuretyBonds, so glad you found these little guys interesting, I do too! Thanks so much for the visit and comment.

      Hyphenbird, Your comment made my day, and thank you so much. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Both the writing and the photography are beautiful. This was very serene and relaxing. It is cold here today so I really enjoyed the revisit of Summer. Thank you.

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      How interesting a little creature can be. I enjoyed your pictures! Good work!

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      vasantha T k 6 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful flowers and bees voted up . good luck

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you, Hillbilly Zen! I appreciate that. :)

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Peggy, thank you so much for your comment and visit. This last Summer I planted for butterflies, but also for bees and birds. It makes my day when hummingbirds come around. Thanks for your visit.

      Davenmidtown, thank you so much for stopping by this hub. Your information you shared was invaluable, and I appreciate that. How neat, that your favorite insect is the bumblebee. I love them myself, they are beautiful and so interesting. I am also from California, originally, born and raised. It was there that my love for nature grew to be so strong. I now live in the Midwest. Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them.

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      Hillbilly Zen 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Really striking photos that showcase your talent (and your patience!) Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Oceansnsunsets: This is a very beautiful collection of photographs and I love the writing that goes along with it. More importantly (to me) is that this is a fabulous collection of Bumblebee and Carpenter Bee photographs. Bumblebees are my favorite of all the insects and I was delighted to see photographic specimens of bees we do not have here in California. A really beautiful and unique hub that has become my hallmark for quality!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The judges are going to have a very difficult time deciding upon the best photo gallery entries judging from this beauty about bumble bees. Your photos are spectacular. Enjoyed this! Like you, I also like planting bushes and flowers that attract butterflies and bees and even hummingbirds. Up and beautiful votes!