Jardin Botanique Le Maurier
Abeilles, guêpes, mouches Bees, wasps, flies
Abeille Apis mellifera Honeybee on marjoram
The honeybees are having a hard time, with viral disease and attacks from imported species. I give them every possible encouragement!
Abeille noir sur clematite jasmin Honeybee on jasmine clematis
Short-winged honeybee on purple mountain daisy
Small orange bumblebee
Small orange bumblebee on lavender
Small grey bumblebee
Small grey bumblebee on marjoram
This bee nests in the nearby grassy bank and is one of the earliest to emerge in Spring.
Bumblebee and small wasp on a peony
Striped bumblebee on a hollyhock
White tailed bumblebee
Chrysotoxum cautum Hover fly
The colours protect this fly from predators. It breeds in ants' nests, where the larvae eat aphids.
Wasps on mountain knapweed
Ammophilia sabulosa Sand wasp on marjoram
A solitary wasp that excavates its nest in sandy ground. Likes to stock its nest with one single non-hairy caterpillar.
The lavender is a great attraction!