We had a rather cold spring and June was not much better than May but the weather is improving. The Mason bees look somewhat faded and their time is nearly over, now the summer bees will emerge.
Dasypoda hirtipes is a beautiful species and in my garden they feed on knapweed, scabious and chicory. Below are two males foraging on scabious (Knautia arvensis)
The females look different and they have golden pollen-collecting hairs on the hind tibiae. This female was quite cold so I could pick her up gently and take some pictures.
The Fork-tailed flower bee is a solitary bee with a very long tongue: they love woundworts, betony, wood sage, black horehound, all these plants are found in my garden. They are difficult to photograph as they fly very fast but this male was resting on a leaf, cleaning his tongue.
Wool carder bees are fascinating creatures, the males are territorial, defending a patch of horehound, betony or woundwort. This male was using the bee hotel to sleep.
Leafcutter bees are summer bees, they cut disks from roses in my garden which they use for their nests. Picture below is a male Megachile willughbiella.
Another species which one can see in the garden is Megachile centuncularis
Below a female with a beautiful yellow scopa, which they use to collect pollen.
Of course, there are many bumblebees in the garden as well, as the garden has been designed to attract a variety of bees. Red clover is very popular with bumblebees and a good source of pollen with high levels of protein and essential amino acids. I can sit for hours and study these beautiful and fascinating insects.