Bees and Wannabees!

Dear All

Many thanks for your kind comments. I have just been in the rainforest in Western Kenya talking about pollinators with farmers and schoolchildren. The beautiful Tithonia were blooming all along the roads through the forest and absolutely covered in stingless bees, honeybees and other creatures.

Here are some of the interesting creatures we came across:

Honeybee hard at work at the forest's edge

Honeybee hard at work at the forest's edge

There were also some creatures pretending to be honeybees – here is a hovevfly (with the stripey-eyes) and a honeybee feeding from the same flower. The hoverfly is a mimic of the honeybee, which can sting and is hence avoided by some birds, etc.

Hoverfly and Honeybee - can you tell them apart?

Hoverfly and Honeybee - can you tell them apart?

Several different kinds of stingless bees – including these tiny black ones, were frantically packing pollen into the special ‘pollen baskets’ on their hind-legs.

Stingless bee with full pollen-baskets!

Stingless bee with full pollen-baskets!

Later on while taking some schoolchildren for a walk, we came across this honeybee who had fallen victim to a flower spider. The spider captures the honeybee and subdues it with its venom then holds on to it and even waves it about to attract other bees to the same flower!

Flower spider with captured honeybee

Flower spider with captured honeybee

More from the world of bugs soon!

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