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Bee on Sedum

Bee on Sedum

Bee on Sedum

I had intended to photograph two lone butterflies (a small tortoiseshell and a red admiral) that are frequent visitors to my sedums but they were very nervous and didn’t like me being too near.  Not so for the myriad of bees, they took no notice of me.  I have no idea what type of bee this is but I am quite lucky and get lots of different types of bee in my garden.  What is also exciting is that on the day I took this photo I learnt that two rare species of bee had just been discovered on nearby Bartinney Down; the tormentil nomad bee and the tormentil mining bee.  Interstingly the tormentil nomad bee is a “cuckoo” bee that uses the nest of the tormentil mining bee: Cornwall Widlife Trust -rare bees

Last year lots of butterflies visited my garden but this year I have hardly seen any.

Another Bee on a Sedum

Another Bee on a Sedum

I couldn’t get any more depth of field with these hand held macro photos without getting serious camera shake.  I never use flash.  I usually take macro photos of flowers but if I was to seriously start taking macro shots of small insects etc I guess I would have to inest in some sort of flash equipment.