While writing this blog, the sun is shining and it’s a perfect start of the day. The neighbours are quiet still and there is just me and birds and bees. Moments of pleasure!
I take a cup of tea and walk through the garden and it amazes me to see how much can be done on a very small piece of land in an urban area.
There is Meadow cranesbill, Greater knapweed, Common knapweed, Rampion bellflower, Dark mullein.
I also grow Tansy which is an important foodplant for Colletes bees and a small bee called Heriades truncorum, of which tens maybe even a hundred nest in my garden.
The Campanulas are such lovely plants and if you are lucky you will get the specialist the harebell carpenter-bees in your garden. They are tiny, little bigger than ants and people would be surprised to hear that they are bees.
Can you see the tiny bee inside the flower? The females are said to exclusively feed their young pollen of Campanula plants. They are called oligolectic bees.
Pollen is needed to raise their young. Pollen of the Scrophulariaceae family to which Dark mullein belongs, is important for bumblebees to raise their young. You can see the orange pollen basket on the bee’s hind legs.
Dasypoda hirtipes is a very beautiful solitary bee indeed. Quote from Bwars: “The female of this species is one of the more attractive and distinctive bees which occur in Britain, the extremely long, golden pollen-collecting hairs on the hind tibiae being particularly notable”.
For further reading please go to the following website http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/melittidae/dasypoda-hirtipes