On the 17th May, Friends of the Earth will start their Great British Bee Count with the aim of teaching people how to understand and help our bee population.
There are over 270 species of bee in the UK. The one above is the smallest at just 6mm long. It’s identifiable by it’s tiny size and slender shiny abdomen. It has a yellow ruff above the wings and a tuft of hair on it’s large head. It’s fierce looking mandibles have led to it’s popular name of the Scissor Bee.
This photo was taken in my garden. I hadn’t realised it was a bee until I looked at it on my computer. From a normal viewing distance it looked like a large ant or other small insect.
The flower it is on is a dandelion, so you can get some idea of the size.
The bee population has just started waking from it’s prolonged winter dormancy, so it has been fantastic to have spotted several species in the garden already.
The dandelions have proved a welcome source of nectar, which is great for me as I now have an excuse not to mow the lawn for just a little bit longer :-)