Bee drinking from water fountain
Bees in a tree + HUGE bracket fungus. We could see the spores drifting off the fungus as the bees buzzed around it!
As I was returning from my walk this morning, I happened to notice bees who appeared to be going in and out a spot on a catalpa tree where a limb had broken off some time ago. I went back later in the day, and took this picture of what appears to be the guard bees around the opening.
One of my uncle's colonies of Iberian Honey Bees (Apis mellifera iberica or Apis mellifer iberiensis). Notice the dark coloration and low hairiness compared to other subspecies. I would hesitate to call them captive, because, other than occupying man-made hives, they fend for themselves, but I ticked the box anyway.
On rosemary plant
Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognised species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognised. Honey...