Types of bees
- The African honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata) is distributed in the summer rainfall region. It has been described as more aggressive than the docile Cape honeybee and has more yellow colourations on its abdomen compared to the Cape honeybee.
- The Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis) is mainly confined to the winter rainfall region and have a very strong association with the Fynbos biome. Also called the ‘black bee’ due to its more predominantly black colouration compared to the African honeybee.
While standing watching the many bees enjoying my lavender flowers this morning I spotted this black & white bee which, at certain angles, looked pale turquoise! I decided to Google ‘bee types in SA’ & found Solitary Bees, some of which, like my little visitor, are also called Cuckoo Bees as they parasitise the nests of other Solitary bee species, laying their eggs in the cells of the other bees. Their eggs hatch faster & the Cuckoo Bee infant then eats the young & the pollen etc., laid in for it! 🐝🐝🐝🐝Who knew! They say we should learn at least one new fact each day...well, that’s mine sorted for today! I’ll have to look for something else tomorrow! 😜. My pics aren’t quite sharp! Sorry! But this little cuckoo moves mighty fast & doesn’t stay in one place for long, so aiming & focusing my cellphone can be difficult!🤨Once again my Neighbours must have wondered what on earth the old duck next door was doing, cavorting round the lavender bush, bent double!😂🤣 #lockdown #gardengratitude #localislekker #gardenbliss
Bee families in southern Africa
To learn more about our bees, explore the bee profiles in the Knowledgebase collection below:
Bees in your garden
Here are a few bee species gardeners have spotted in their gardens:
Bee enjoying the water drops on the flowers.....
Found this little cutey while trimming some of my lavender this morning. Any ideas about what it might be? Squash bee perhaps? #WildLifeID
The first few of many.
A solitary bee (Nomoides sp.) in the Halictidae family. Often known as sweat bees, as they are commonly attracted to sweat. However, I found it on the ground and just picked it up. They are beneficial as they are pollinators.
We were in Durban for a wedding this weekend and we found some bee friends in the beautiful gardens at Talloula in Botha’s Hill. 🐝 We saw so many solitary bees as well!! 🌿🌿 Check out Instagram for some awesome videos!! @BeeSmiths
I had an insect looked similar to a bee, sounded like a bee, but wasn’t. It kept burrowing under the soil of my succulents and made holes, the succulents started to die. The insect has left now, anyone know what insect it is and why if does this? #AdvicePlease
We might not have bumble bees in SA, but these carpenter bees are just as cute!!!
Carpenter bees Xylocopa spp very active in the Polygala at Kirstenbosch today. The owl mom has chicks & guinea fowel have babies.
Super chilled and photogenic Carpenter Bee. What a beaut!
My resident terrestrial bee making a fuss in my Talinum caffrum pot...