I found and photographed another mining bee aggregation! This one was in Dublin, in the heart of the city centre, believe it or not. It was in a little “biodiversity planting” of mostly weeds, but the bees loved it. As per usual, people were walking by on both sides of me while I crawled around on my hands and knees photographing the bees. Quite a few comments were made, but I am a master of ignoring rude comments, aren’t I? Haha!
Female orange-tailed mining bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)
In a big nesting aggregation like this, you always find the cleptoparasites/cuckoo bees as well. Here’s a Nomada I couldn’t identify to species
When a cloud passed over the sun, every one landed. This photo just gives you an idea of how many bees there were! Getting three in one photo is a rare feat
Of course, you also see a lot of mating in these aggregations. This was an, um, unsuccessful attempt by a male (smaller) to mate with the female (larger). He jumped on her from behind while she was eating nectar, so can you really blame her?
A couple of males hanging out waiting for ladies. Stag party!
I just love the colour on these freshly emerged bees
Very cute male
Probably one of the best Nomad photos I’ve taken. I love how you can see the individual dandelion pollen grains. Even though these bees don’t collect pollen, they can be pollinators!
Male and nomad both hanging out waiting for females
Freshly emerged female looking gorgeous. I wish this photo were just a teensy bit clearer, but there’s a certain appeal to the softness of it.
Here’s what a successful mating attempt looks like
And the male flies away happy and the female goes back to eating haha