Getting a buzz from a friendly lunch

Photo Information
A bee and a wasp enjoying lunch together in the walled garden of Hughenden Manor (NT)

Or is that a smaller bee ?
29/07/2022 - 14:34PeterKR
CategoryFlowers & plants
Shutter Speed1/125
Tagsinsects, bees,


Link Posted 29/07/2022 - 15:02


Link Posted 29/07/2022 - 17:04
Excellent shot, sharp.


Link Posted 29/07/2022 - 19:32
These creatures look magnificent on their "exploding" "stage". I am hardly an expert, Peter, and would like to see more of its body, but I would venture a guess that the creature on the left is a European Honey Bee, because of its rather hairy thorax (and do I see some tufts of hair on its rear-end?), the belts of orange on its legs, lack of a thin waist, relative dullness of the abdomen colours, and the shape of its wings. Like.


Link Posted 29/07/2022 - 19:45
Many thanks for all your comments, Giulio, LoT and go4IT.

1. I have to admit that the sharpness had a little help from PaintShop Pro 2022 (my choice of RAW processor now).
2. Many thanks for the tip ref the bees - I think you are probably correct in the guess at a Honey Bee. I spoke with one of the gardeners there and he said that bees and wasps don't usually get on with each other so it was most likely another (smaller) bee.

Thanks again
Best regards
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