A picture familiar to many: a busy worker bees collecting nectar and pollen.
A bee visiting our rosemary bush.
Helping to polinate our beans.
A hive of activity (in our vege garden).
Warming herself on my warm hands in a cool autumn morning.
A guard bee protecting the hive.
A guard bee checking incoming bees.
Bees feeding on honey collected earlier from their own hive (to stop the spread of disease)
Bees feeding and looking after their larvae. The queen is marked with a red dot so she is easier to see.
Nice fat bee larvae.
Young bee chewing out of her cocoon...
... and emerging. More pale and silky than older bees.
The scourge of beehives: the varroa mite kills larvae and infects them with viruses.