Tiny Bees Do Big Jobs


Some bees like Bumblebees and Honeybees have pollen sacs. Pretty convenient always having a pouch to carry your stuff.


Other bees like mason bees and Leafcutter bees don’t. But the pollen sticks to them as the go from flower to flower. Bees are fuzzy. Can you image getting loaded down with pollen covering every inch of your body, even the eyes? It would drive me nuts.


But you have to admit flying from flower to flower all day is not such a bad job.


Some bees are incredibly small, yet the job is the same. Below, the bee is small enough to feed on the ⅛” flower of Calamintha. Bees are specialized in many cases, just suited for the flowers on which they feed.


Now for a big bee… Goodbye for now.



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17 Responses to Tiny Bees Do Big Jobs

  1. Such patience to get these shots Donna…I love watching the small bees rolling in the pollen and coming out covered….what fun!

  2. All that pollen…hmmm, I guess bees are allergy-proof!

  3. alesiablogs says:

    Some of your best shots!!!!

  4. That last one is absolutely priceless. 💜💜💜💜

  5. Nice capture of a difficult subject

  6. David says:

    Really wonderful shots.

  7. Emily Scott says:

    Ahhh lovely, especially the mid-air shots. Foraging is a hard job though – lots of obstacles to avoid, the risk of getting flattened by a car and having to carry up to half your own body weight in nectar!

  8. aussiebirder says:

    Wonderful captures Donna to bee sure! Beeutiful !

  9. Annette says:

    A beautiful hommage to some amazing animals which play such an important part in our lives.

  10. The photos are great! How different the bees are! In size, what kind of blossoms they choose or in the way they “work and store” etc.
    And I’m absolutely in love with your mid-air shot! Congratulations!

  11. Lyle Krahn says:

    And you did a great job photographing them at work!

  12. Debra says:

    Oh, these are great shots. They are all beautiful (and the flying shots are amazing) but my favourite is the second. She is quite lovely.

  13. Great macro shots. Must require time and patience.

  14. These are wonderful views!

  15. Great photos. I love watching bees, though I admit I still have trouble distinguishing the little bees, wasps, and flies.

  16. Inger says:

    Wonderful captures! That first guy is really loaded:)

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