04 March 2011


Anyone who knows me is aware that I like a bit of seawatching! Well today I found a sheltered sunny area near Margam Park which was buzzing with activity. This area had a very large patch of Gorse Ulex europaeus fully in flower. I noticed a worker Honeybee Apis mellifera first of all, and then 10's of them feeding on the Gorse. There was movement to and from this patch, so I decided to sit down and watch what passed!
By far the most abundant bee, there were at least 100 Honeybees

A couple of White-tailed bumblebees Bombus lucorum passed by

One Early bumblebee B pratorum passed through

Three Buff-tailed bumblebee B terrestris also passed by.

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