Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The First Bumble Bee
I saw the first bee of the year today, it was buzzing around the Daphne looking for some nectar and i was able to get a few close up pictures of it before it left.
I believe it to be a "Bombus Lucorum " its a very common bee and makes its nest underground, and is one of the first bees to be seen in spring.
This bee is from the family "Apidae" and is from the order Hymenoptera and there average body length is 3-27mm (1/8-1 1/4in). Bees are world wide except for Antarctica.
Apids are major crop pollinators. The value of crops pollinated by bees alone far exceeds the value of honey, wax and any other products they provide!