Some spring bees in Dublin

The weather this spring has been incredibly wet and cool, so I haven’t seen too many bees, but I did catch these photos in between bouts of rain.
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I love the hellebores, but it is so tough to photograph bees visiting these flowers…first, you have to photograph them basically upside down, and then the light situation makes it such that everything else is overexposed!
Bombus pratorum
Sleepy Bombus pratorum
Bombus pratorum
Gorse
I like gorse flowers
Ribes sanguinium
Ribes sanguinium is popular among the bees
Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris queen on rosemary
Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris
Bombus terrestris
Fuzzy butt is useful ID clue…terrestris queens have an off white tail, as opposed to lucorum queens which have a bright white tail
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Bombus pascuorum
Bombus pascuorum
Bombus terrestris
Ribes sanguinium
More Ribes sanguinium
Ribes sanguinium
Bombus terrestris
Anemone blanda
Anemone blanda

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5 thoughts on “Some spring bees in Dublin

  1. Great bee photos. I can’t believe that there is rosemary in flower – mine doesn’t flower till May and this year I expect it will be later. I think plants are about two weeks behind, and last year we were two weeks ahead!!

    • It’s an ancient (10+ yrs) Canon DSLR with an equally ancient Tokina 100mm macro. Great lens, I highly recommend it. It’s survived some pretty brutal field conditions and it’s still going after 10 years.

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