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Apoidea Collection

Apoidea, also known as bees, are fascinating creatures that play a crucial role in our ecosystem

Background imageApoidea 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 imageApoidea 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 imageApoidea Collection: A beehive with glass side and sections which could be removed

A beehive with glass side and sections which could be removed
5312083 A beehive with glass side and sections which could be removed; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a beehive with glass side and sections which could be removed)

Background imageApoidea Collection: The interior view of a multi-layered beehive

The interior view of a multi-layered beehive
5312081 The interior view of a multi-layered beehive; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the interior view of a multi-layered beehive. Dated 19th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background imageApoidea 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 imageApoidea 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 imageApoidea 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 imageApoidea 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

Background imageApoidea Collection: Honeybee (Apis meliffera) visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales

Honeybee (Apis meliffera) visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales, UK, May

Background imageApoidea Collection: Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum)

Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales, UK, May

Background imageApoidea Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying to feed on Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying to feed on Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) Pentwyn farm SSSI, Gwent Wildlife Trust Reserve, Monmouthshire Wales UK, July

Background imageApoidea Collection: Buff tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flying to Clover (Trifolium sp. ), Monmouthshire

Buff tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flying to Clover (Trifolium sp. ), Monmouthshire
Buff tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flying to Clover (Trifolium sp.), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, June

Background imageApoidea Collection: Red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), visiting Clover (Trifolium) flower, Monmouthshire

Red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), visiting Clover (Trifolium) flower, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. June

Background imageApoidea Collection: Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker feeding on Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker feeding on Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July

Background imageApoidea Collection: Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Desert passionflower (Passiflora palmeri)

Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Desert passionflower (Passiflora palmeri). Danzante Island, Loreto Bay National Park, Sea of Cortez, Mexico. May

Background imageApoidea Collection: Focus Stacked image of a Cuckoo Bee (Nomada goodeniana) roosting by clamping onto vegetation with

Focus Stacked image of a Cuckoo Bee (Nomada goodeniana) roosting by clamping onto vegetation with its mandibles and hanging on for the night. Photographed just after dawn

Background imageApoidea Collection: Blue banded bee (Amegilla sp. ) roosting with early morning dew, Southern Bulgaria, June

Blue banded bee (Amegilla sp. ) roosting with early morning dew, Southern Bulgaria, June
Blue banded bee (Amegilla sp.) roosting with early morning dew, Southern Bulgaria, June

Background imageApoidea Collection: Cactus bees (Diadasia Rinconis) feeding on nectar and collecting pollen from Hedgehog cactus

Cactus bees (Diadasia Rinconis) feeding on nectar and collecting pollen from Hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus) flower, Sonoran desert, Arizona, USA



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Apoidea, also known as bees, are fascinating creatures that play a crucial role in our ecosystem. From the European honey bee feeding on ice plant flowers to the garden bumblebee queen nectaring on comfrey, these buzzing insects are constantly on the move, pollinating and collecting nectar. In Mexico's Loreto Bay National Park, a Western honeybee can be seen diligently pollinating desert passionflower. The vibrant colors of Danzante Island serve as a backdrop for this beautiful interaction between bee and flower. Meanwhile, in England's countryside, a garden bumblebee takes off from knapweed with grace and agility. These industrious bees work tirelessly to gather pollen and ensure the survival of their colonies. High up in Mount Namjagbarwa lies an incredible sight - Himalayan honeybees busy at work on their comb. This breathtaking image showcases nature's wonders at its finest. A composite image captures Wallaceas giant bee alongside its smaller counterpart, the European honey bee. Together they represent different species working together towards a common goal - sustaining life through pollination. Zooming in closer to Norfolk, England reveals a close-up view of a honey bee comb filled with larvae nestled snugly within cells, and is here where new generations of bees are nurtured and prepared for their vital roles within the hive. The garden bumblebee gracefully flies towards foxglove flowers while seeking nourishment. Its delicate wings carry it effortlessly from one bloom to another as it collects precious nectar along the way. Another scene unfolds in Monmouthshire as a honeybee hovers above bluebell flowers before landing delicately upon them. This symbiotic relationship between insect and flora ensures both thrive harmoniously within their shared environment. Not far away, we witness a field cuckoo bumblebee feasting upon goldenrod blooms. These resourceful creatures have evolved unique strategies to survive by infiltrating other bumblebee nests and laying their eggs, relying on the host colony to raise their young.