Picture of a bumblebee on a flower in Yorkshire.
Summer is almost over and most of our wildflowers have now withered and gone but gardens and public parks still have quite a few flowers in them. I photographed this bumblebee busy on this flower a couple of days back.
There are around 250 species of bee here in the UK and of those there are 24 different bumblebees. Since 1940 2 species of native bumblebee have become extinct and the numbers of many of the others have crashed.
I am I think pretty good at identifying our native wildflowers but when it comes to bees I am rather at sea. I could perhaps on a good day name and identify 6 different types of bee and unlike one of my friends I can tell a bee from a wasp.
Bumblebee Conservation have a nice website with lots of information on the plight of the bumblebee and also how to identify them and what you can do to help this beautiful busy little creature.
Bees are important in the natural world of our gardens, they pollinate our flowers and fruit and also provide food for our birds too.
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