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Honeybee Collection

The humble honeybee, known for its industrious nature and vital role in our ecosystem, never ceases to amaze us

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honey Bee - Queen & workers on comb

Honey Bee - Queen & workers on comb
JLM-9590 Honeybee - Queen & workers on comb John Mason Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honeybee in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Honeybee in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
SAS-440 Honeybee - in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany Apis mellifera Steffen & Alexandra Sailer Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honey Bees - on comb & brood cells

Honey Bees - on comb & brood cells
JLM-8126 Honeybees and Brood Cells Apis mellifera John Mason Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Queen Honey Bee Clipped wings, UK

Queen Honey Bee Clipped wings, UK
SPH-320 Queen Honeybee - Clipped wings, UK Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honey Bee Hives In forest in winter

Honey Bee Hives In forest in winter
PPG-429 Honey Beehives In forest in winter Pascal Goetgheluck Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honey Bees - tending honeycomb - UK

Honey Bees - tending honeycomb - UK
SPH-288 Honeybee - workers tending honeycomb UK Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honet Bee - tending honeycomb UK

Honet Bee - tending honeycomb UK
SPH-300 Honey Bee - tending honeycomb UK Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding from Lavender (Lavandula) flowers, Mayfield Lavender Farm

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding from Lavender (Lavandula) flowers, Mayfield Lavender Farm, North Downs, Surrey, UK, July

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honey Bee Worker tending honeycomb, UK

Honey Bee Worker tending honeycomb, UK
SPH-2203 Honeybee - Worker tending honeycomb UK. Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee Collection: Worker Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sac on back leg

Worker Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sac on back leg

Background imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee Collection: Close up of honeycomb from Honey bee hive (Apis mellifera) showing hexagonal pattern

Close up of honeycomb from Honey bee hive (Apis mellifera) showing hexagonal pattern of cells filled with liquid honey, Qatar, Arabian Gulf, May

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1885 (engraving)

Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1885 (engraving)
JAB4119924 Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1885 (engraving) by Demarle, Alphonse (1826-1896); (add.info.: Pollination by a bee of ash heather)

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor
8588254 Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageHoneybee Collection: The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief)

The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief)
8586142 The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief) by Egyptian; Karnak, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu

Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu
8587250 Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt)

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

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

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honeybees (Apis mellifera) on honeycomb. Scotland, UK, May 2010

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) on honeycomb. Scotland, UK, May 2010

Background imageHoneybee Collection: European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed

European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Worker honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on nectar of Borage (Borago officinalis)

Worker honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on nectar of Borage (Borago officinalis) flower in conservation margin at RSPBs Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire, UK. May

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) beehives sited on edge of heathland for premium heather honey production

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) beehives sited on edge of heathland for premium heather honey production, Suffolk, UK, August 2011

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

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

Background imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee Collection: Honeybee lands on a huge sunflower

Honeybee lands on a huge sunflower

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Lavender world

Lavender world
Andrii Kazun

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Honeybee

Honeybee
Stephanie Law

Background imageHoneybee 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 imageHoneybee Collection: Lavender flight

Lavender flight
Andrii Kazun

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Lavender world

Lavender world
Andrii Kazun

Background imageHoneybee Collection: 3671295

3671295

Background imageHoneybee Collection: The triumph of divine providence, detail, 1632-39 (ceiling fresco)

The triumph of divine providence, detail, 1632-39 (ceiling fresco)
7062911 The triumph of divine providence, detail, 1632-39 (ceiling fresco) by Cortona, Pietro da (Berrettini) (1596-1669); Palazzo Corsini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome

Background imageHoneybee Collection: The triumph of divine providence, detail, 17th century (painting)

The triumph of divine providence, detail, 17th century (painting)
7129420 The triumph of divine providence, detail, 17th century (painting) by Cortona, Pietro da (Berrettini) (1596-1669); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

Background imageHoneybee Collection: Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1881 (engraving)

Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1881 (engraving)
ELD4950780 Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1881 (engraving) by Demarle, A. (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pollination)

Background imageHoneybee Collection: B: B for the Bees, that fly out here and there, and bring to the hives the sweet honey with care

B: B for the Bees, that fly out here and there, and bring to the hives the sweet honey with care. 1870 (illustration)
7309594 B: B for the Bees, that fly out here and there, and bring to the hives the sweet honey with care.1870 (illustration) by Howard, J. (active c)



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The humble honeybee, known for its industrious nature and vital role in our ecosystem, never ceases to amaze us. From the regal queen and her loyal workers on the comb to their meticulous tending of honeycomb in the UK, these tiny creatures work tirelessly to ensure the survival of their colony. In Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, a honeybee takes flight towards cherry tree blossoms, collecting pollen with precision and purpose. Meanwhile, across the pond in the UK, a queen honeybee with clipped wings stands as a symbol of resilience and adaptability. Even during winter's icy grip, honey bee hives can be found nestled within forest landscapes - a testament to their ability to endure harsh conditions. In another corner of the world at Mayfield Lavender Farm, European honeybees find nourishment from lavender flowers while worker bees tend diligently to their precious honeycomb. Nature's intricate web continues as we witness a Western honeybee pollinating Desert passionflower on Danzante Island in Mexico's Loreto Bay National Park, and is through these delicate interactions that life thrives and ecosystems flourish. As we marvel at these fascinating creatures' dedication and resourcefulness, let us remember that every sip of sweet nectar or bite into succulent fruit owes gratitude to our buzzing friends – the remarkable Honeybees.