Bee activity

Bee activity

Observation - Bee activity - UK and Ireland. Description: I watched these two bees hovering above a 3rd one for quite some time. What were they doing? were they 'protecting' the stationary bee in some way or waiting to mate with it? What species of bees are they.

I watched these two bees hovering above a 3rd one for quite some time. What were they doing? were they 'protecting' the stationary bee in some way or waiting to mate with it? What species of bees are they.