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Apocrita Collection

"Apocrita: A Fascinating World of Bees and Wasps" The Apocrita, a suborder of insects that includes bees and wasps

Background imageApocrita Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) queen nectaring on Comfrey (Symphytum Hidcote

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) queen nectaring on Comfrey (Symphytum Hidcote Pink ) flowers. In garden, Surrey, England, UK. March

Background imageApocrita Collection: Swarm of bees

Swarm of bees (suborder Apocrita), illustration

Background imageApocrita Collection: Engraving depicting wasps and their nests

Engraving depicting wasps and their nests
5309490 Engraving depicting wasps and their nests; (add.info.: Engraving depicting wasps and their nests. A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera)

Background imageApocrita Collection: Engraving depicting wasps and their nests

Engraving depicting wasps and their nests
5309488 Engraving depicting wasps and their nests; (add.info.: Engraving depicting wasps and their nests. A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera)

Background imageApocrita Collection: Ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria), feeding on Dandelion (Taraxacum offinicale) Monmouthshire

Ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria), feeding on Dandelion (Taraxacum offinicale) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Robins pincushion gall caused by Gall wasp (Diplolepis rosae) on wild Dog rose (Rosa canina)

Robins pincushion gall caused by Gall wasp (Diplolepis rosae) on wild Dog rose (Rosa canina), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) taking off from Knapweed, England, UK, August

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) taking off from Knapweed, England, UK, August

Background imageApocrita Collection: Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung

Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon National Park, Tibet, China. October

Background imageApocrita Collection: Small scissor bee (Chelostoma campanularum) In flight approaching garden bee hotel

Small scissor bee (Chelostoma campanularum) In flight approaching garden bee hotel carrying mud to seal nest tube, Hertfordshire, England, UK, June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Composite image of Wallaceas giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera)

Composite image of Wallaceas giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera)
Composite image of Wallaces giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the worlds largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee

Background imageApocrita Collection: Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Background imageApocrita Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), flying to Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), flower

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), flying to Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), flower, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Monmouthshire

Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April

Background imageApocrita Collection: Field cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus campestris) feeding on Goldenrod (Solidago). Monmouthshire

Field cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus campestris) feeding on Goldenrod (Solidago). Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageApocrita Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, feeding on flowers (Brachyglottis sp)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, feeding on flowers (Brachyglottis sp). Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Mining bee (Andrena sp. ) at Daffodil (Narcissus sp. ) flower, Monmouthshire, Wales

Mining bee (Andrena sp. ) at Daffodil (Narcissus sp. ) flower, Monmouthshire, Wales
Mining bee (Andrena sp.) at Daffodil (Narcissus sp.) flower, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, April

Background imageApocrita Collection: Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flying to Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale)

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flying to Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. July

Background imageApocrita Collection: Inser Weiher in autumn, a pond with red coloured water, caused by dissolved tannins

Inser Weiher in autumn, a pond with red coloured water, caused by dissolved tannins. Berner Seeland, Berne, Switzerland, November. Photographed for The Freshwater Project

Background imageApocrita Collection: Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) queen about to land at her nest burrow in a

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) queen about to land at her nest burrow in a garden lawn with loaded pollen sacs to provision grubs that will become future workers for her colony, Wiltshire

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April

Background imageApocrita Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), on Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea), Monmouthshire

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), on Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Patchwork leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis) feeding from Common marigold

Patchwork leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis) feeding from Common marigold (Calendula officinalis) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda). In garden. Surrey, England, UK. April

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens). Green aphid (Aphidoidea) beneath flower. Surrey, England, UK. July

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers. Flowers turn pink when nectar no longer provided. In garden, Tanzania. Native to tropical Americas

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK. May

Background imageApocrita Collection: Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp) nectaring on Clary sage (Salvia sclarea)

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp) nectaring on Clary sage (Salvia sclarea). Pollen deposited on bees back by hanging anthers. Turkey. June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Chilean bellflower (Crinodendron hookerianum) releasing pollen via sonication which

Chilean bellflower (Crinodendron hookerianum) releasing pollen via sonication which replicates buzz pollination. Native to Chile. Controlled conditions

Background imageApocrita Collection: Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) nectaring on Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)

Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) nectaring on Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria). RSPB Balranald Nature Reserve, North Uist; Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. July

Background imageApocrita Collection: Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), in flight, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. May

Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), in flight, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. May

Background imageApocrita Collection: Painted nomad bee (Nomada fucata) male bee with characteristic green eyes, sleeping

Painted nomad bee (Nomada fucata) male bee with characteristic green eyes, sleeping with jaws locked around grass stem, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Slender mining / Common furrow bee (Lasioglossum calceatum) feeding on ragwort Brockley

Slender mining / Common furrow bee (Lasioglossum calceatum) feeding on ragwort Brockley, Lewisham, London, England, UK September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Brown banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) pollinating Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion

Brown banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) pollinating Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Bumblebee, (Bombus spp), in flight near rosebay willowherb flower, Scotland, UK, August

Bumblebee, (Bombus spp), in flight near rosebay willowherb flower, Scotland, UK, August

Background imageApocrita Collection: Mining bee / Little flower bee (Anthophora bimaculata) taking nectar and pollen

Mining bee / Little flower bee (Anthophora bimaculata) taking nectar and pollen from Common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) flower, with pollen covered scopa, Surrey, England, UK. August

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Fleabane (Erigion eriginousus) Newport Marshes Reserve

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Fleabane (Erigion eriginousus) Newport Marshes Reserve, Gwent, Wales, UK. August

Background imageApocrita Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) flying to Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) Monmouthshire

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) flying to Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, July

Background imageApocrita Collection: Two coloured mason bee (Osmia bicolor) bee that nests in old snail shells and then

Two coloured mason bee (Osmia bicolor) bee that nests in old snail shells and then carries bits of twig or vegetation to cover the shell, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Giant honey bee nest (Apis dorsata) up in a giant Mengaris tree (Koompassia excelsa)

Giant honey bee nest (Apis dorsata) up in a giant Mengaris tree (Koompassia excelsa) dipterocarp forest in Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Background imageApocrita Collection: Red mason bee (Osmia rufa) female emerging from her nest hole in a drilled log within

Red mason bee (Osmia rufa) female emerging from her nest hole in a drilled log within an insect hotel after provisioning a brood cell with pollen, Gloucestershire garden, UK, April

Background imageApocrita Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) new species to the UK in 2001. Male resting on Blackberry

Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) new species to the UK in 2001. Male resting on Blackberry, Oxfordshire, England, UK, September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) feeding from Chive (Allium schoenoprasum), Monmouthshire

Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) feeding from Chive (Allium schoenoprasum), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), flying to Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), flower

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), flying to Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), flower, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June

Background imageApocrita Collection: Mining bee (Andrena sp) flying to Giant harebell (Campanula latifolia), Pentwyn farm SSSI

Mining bee (Andrena sp) flying to Giant harebell (Campanula latifolia), Pentwyn farm SSSI, Gwent Wildlife Trust Reserve, Monmouthshire Wales UK, July

Background imageApocrita Collection: Close up of European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera - nigra race), feeding

Close up of European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera - nigra race), feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageApocrita Collection: Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) taking off from Cornflower (Centaurea cyanea)

Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) taking off from Cornflower (Centaurea cyanea) in Bishops Meadow, Farnham. Surrey, England, UK, July 2014. Digital composite



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"Apocrita: A Fascinating World of Bees and Wasps" The Apocrita, a suborder of insects that includes bees and wasps, showcases the incredible diversity and importance of these pollinators in our ecosystems. From the European honey bee delicately feeding on ice plant flowers to the Garden bumblebee queen nectaring on Comfrey, their role as vital pollinators becomes evident. In Bamberg, Germany, we witness the intriguing behavior of Poppy bees as they cut pieces of petals from Common poppies to use as nesting material. These resourceful creatures bundle these small packages carefully before unfolding them onto sandy walls inside their nests. Meanwhile, Western honeybees diligently pollinate Desert passionflowers in Mexico's Loreto Bay National Park. Their symbiotic relationship with plants ensures the continuation of diverse flora. The Ashy mining bee finds nourishment from Dandelions in Monmouthshire while Robins pincushion gall caused by Gall wasp adorns wild Dog roses. These interactions highlight how nature intertwines species for mutual survival. From Knapweed meadows in England to Mount Namjagbarwa's slopes where Himalayan honey bees thrive on comb construction, these buzzing insects are always on-the-go. Even Small scissor bees approach garden bee hotels with precision flight skills. Lastly, a composite image brings together Wallaceas giant bee alongside its smaller counterpart - the European honey bee. This visual representation reminds us that every species plays a unique role within our delicate ecosystem. As we marvel at Apocrita's beauty and intricate behaviors captured across different locations worldwide, let us appreciate their invaluable contribution to biodiversity preservation and food security for generations to come.