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davidholmes



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:27 pm    Post subject: Bees on privet Reply with quote

Our privet hedge is in flower and on a warm day is filled with buzzing. These are some of our new bees - Buckfast strain - which are much more yellow on the abdominal segments than my previous posts of Carniolian bees. What I find odd is that they seemed to carry pollen all down their legs rather than collecting it in their pollen baskets. I am not sure if this is a property of the privet pollen or the different strain of bees. Bumble bees and drone flies on the hedge are also covered in pollen - is privet pollen particularly sticky?




I need to try the flying bees again - they are very quick and difficult to get in focus. All natural light with Nikon 3300 and Sigma 105mm Macro lens



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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good shots, that Sigma is a nice lens I don't know about the pollen being particularly sticky but I do know that once Privet begins to bloom you can smell it for a good ways off and bees and other insects will come from all over to enjoy it. Smile
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