Bees and other pollinators are under such pressure so we do our best to provide the
correct food plants for them.
Left, is a photo of a Hover fly (Helophilus pendulus). The Hover fly family has around
5,000 species, all are nectar feeders, and whilst they mimic bees and wasps they
don’t sting. They are important pollinators and to help them breed we have a Hover
fly lagoon in the garden, a large pot with muddy, leafy water where they can lay
their larvae, which mimics tree rot-holes where they would naturally lay their eggs.
This is the Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) sitting on a clematis.
Native plants are important for our indigenous wildlife, above the Buff-tailed bumblebee
(Bombus terrestis) and
(left) the Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) on a Burdock plant (Arctium minus).
Right, this Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) is climbing into a foxglove
and has pollen baskets on her hind legs (only queens or workers collect pollen);
when full there can be 0.01g of pollen on each leg, with as many as 1,000,000 grains
of pollen. The bumblebee moistens the pollen grains with nectar to make them sticky.
The Buff-tailed bumblebees in Jersey are the continental form and are very similar
to the White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum). The White-tailed bumblebee is not
found in Jersey.