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Bees play an extremely important role in the pollination of plant species worldwide - including many commercial crops such as fruits, vegetables, cocoa, cotton and coffee. And the health benefits of honey have been recognised by man for more than 5000 years. Nature Picture Library is supporting Friends of the Earth's Bee Worlds campaign, which helps community groups create their own bee-friendly habitats called 'Bee Worlds'. In 2012 Friends of the Earth launched The Bee Cause to help save Britains bees and, together with a diverse range of partners, called on the UK Government to act by adopting a comprehensive Bee Action Plan. So far a range of organisations, such as schools, colleges, hospitals and youth groups have helped create or plan over 150 Bee World sites. For more information
Buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) on field poppy (Papaver rhoeas) showing fully laden pollen sacs, RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire, UK, May - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) on field poppy (Papaver rhoeas) showing fully laden pollen sacs, RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire, UK, May
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) in flight amongst Rudbeckia flowers, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) in flight amongst Rudbeckia flowers, UK
Solitary bee, adult perched on Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera) Dinero, Lake Corpus Christi, South Texas, USA. - Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Solitary bee, adult perched on Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera) Dinero, Lake Corpus Christi, South Texas, USA.
Cactus bee (Diadasia rinconis) inside a cactus flower, pollination, Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, central Mexico, June - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Cactus bee (Diadasia rinconis) inside a cactus flower, pollination, Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, central Mexico, June
Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sacs flying towards a Scentless mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) flower in order to feed, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Exhibition. Did... - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sacs flying towards a Scentless mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) flower in order to feed, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Exhibition. Did...
Solitary bee (Panurgus sp) On Corn Marigold, species often associated with yellow flowers, Hertfordshire, England, September - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Solitary bee (Panurgus sp) On Corn Marigold, species often associated with yellow flowers, Hertfordshire, England, September
Queen White tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) feeding on Yellow tree peony (Paeonia ludlowii) flower in  garden, with house in the background, Wiltshire, England, UK, April . Property released. - Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Queen White tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) feeding on Yellow tree peony (Paeonia ludlowii) flower in garden, with house in the background, Wiltshire, England, UK, April . Property released.
Leafcutter bee male (Megachile sp.) on orange hawkbit, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June. - Ammonite
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Ammonite / Leafcutter bee male (Megachile sp.) on orange hawkbit, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June.
Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July.
Rear view of Bumblebee (Bombus) in flight over grass, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Rear view of Bumblebee (Bombus) in flight over grass, UK
Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) flying to bramble flowers, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) flying to bramble flowers, UK
Northern Moss Carder Bee (Bombus muscorum) feeding on white clover flower. Isle of Tiree, Captive, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Northern Moss Carder Bee (Bombus muscorum) feeding on white clover flower. Isle of Tiree, Captive, June.
Honey bee {Apis mellifera} flying to apple blossom, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee {Apis mellifera} flying to apple blossom, UK
Blue mason bee (Osmia caerulescens) making pulp from hollyhock leaf to build separate cells for eggs, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June. - Ammonite
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Ammonite / Blue mason bee (Osmia caerulescens) making pulp from hollyhock leaf to build separate cells for eggs, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on buddleia flower. Hertfordshire, England, UK, July. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on buddleia flower. Hertfordshire, England, UK, July.
Honey bee {Apis mellifera} on Willowherb flower, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee {Apis mellifera} on Willowherb flower, UK
White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) pollinating Foxglove (Digitalis sp) flower, England, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) pollinating Foxglove (Digitalis sp) flower, England, UK
Carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum) in flight approaching flowering Foxglove (Digitalis sp) UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum) in flight approaching flowering Foxglove (Digitalis sp) UK
Bumblebee flies from Lamium flower (Spotted deadnettle) Germany - Dietmar Nill
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Dietmar Nill / Bumblebee flies from Lamium flower (Spotted deadnettle) Germany
Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) pollinating New England Aster flowers. - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) pollinating New England Aster flowers.
Carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) in flight beside a Rocket Larkspur (Delphinium ajacis) plant, Bulgaria - Dietmar Nill
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Dietmar Nill / Carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) in flight beside a Rocket Larkspur (Delphinium ajacis) plant, Bulgaria
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding from Lavender (Lavandula) flowers, Mayfield Lavender Farm, North Downs, Surrey, UK, July - Russell Cooper
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Russell Cooper / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding from Lavender (Lavandula) flowers, Mayfield Lavender Farm, North Downs, Surrey, UK, July
Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) in flight, Sussex, England, UK, July. - Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) in flight, Sussex, England, UK, July.
Bumblebee (Bombus sp) on Vipers bugloss (Echium vulgare) grown on roof top of Manchester Art Gallery to attract pollinating insects, Manchester, England, UK. June 2014. - David  Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Bumblebee (Bombus sp) on Vipers bugloss (Echium vulgare) grown on roof top of Manchester Art Gallery to attract pollinating insects, Manchester, England, UK. June 2014.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Globe thistle (Echinops), controlled conditions. - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Globe thistle (Echinops), controlled conditions.
Common carder bumble bee {Bombus pascuorum} flying to Bluebell flowers, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Common carder bumble bee {Bombus pascuorum} flying to Bluebell flowers, UK
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) approaching a red poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in a small meadow of wildflowers. Nevada, USA, July - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) approaching a red poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in a small meadow of wildflowers. Nevada, USA, July
Nomad bee (Nomada flava) feeding on Forget-me-not nectar, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June. - Ammonite
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Ammonite / Nomad bee (Nomada flava) feeding on Forget-me-not nectar, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June.
RF- Bumblebee (Bombus) in flight amongst flowering Field poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare). Chiltern Hills, Area Of Natural Beauty, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. June. - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / RF- Bumblebee (Bombus) in flight amongst flowering Field poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare). Chiltern Hills, Area Of Natural Beauty, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. June.
Sweat bee (Lasioglossum morio) on Forget-me-not, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June. - Ammonite
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Ammonite / Sweat bee (Lasioglossum morio) on Forget-me-not, in urban garden, Bristol, UK, June.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) in flight, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) in flight, UK
Leaf-cutting bee {Megachile sp) female carrying section of rose leaf UK. - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Leaf-cutting bee {Megachile sp) female carrying section of rose leaf UK.
Female Blue mason bee (Osmia caerulescens) carrying pollen on its abdominal scopa (pollen carrying hairs) to a nest cell in an insect box, Hertfordshire, England, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Female Blue mason bee (Osmia caerulescens) carrying pollen on its abdominal scopa (pollen carrying hairs) to a nest cell in an insect box, Hertfordshire, England, June.
Leaf-cutting Bee (Megachile species) sequence showing cutting leaf section from rose. Read from top left. Surrey, England. Digital composite. - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Leaf-cutting Bee (Megachile species) sequence showing cutting leaf section from rose. Read from top left. Surrey, England. Digital composite.
Cutout of Honey bee worker fanning to keep hive cool {Apis mellifera} UK - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Cutout of Honey bee worker fanning to keep hive cool {Apis mellifera} UK
Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) female. Suburban garden, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, UK, April. meetyourneighbours.net project - MYN / Matt Cole
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MYN / Matt Cole / Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) female. Suburban garden, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, UK, April. meetyourneighbours.net project
Worker Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sac on back leg - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Worker Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sac on back leg
Illustration of British bumblebees (Bombus sp.).~Top line: Bombus terrestris,Bumbus lucornum. Middle line: Bombus pasovorum,Bombus pratorum. Bottom line: Bombus hortorum, Bombus apilarius. - Chris Shields
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Chris Shields / Illustration of British bumblebees (Bombus sp.).~Top line: Bombus terrestris,Bumbus lucornum. Middle line: Bombus pasovorum,Bombus pratorum. Bottom line: Bombus hortorum, Bombus apilarius.
Illustration of British bumblebees (Bombus sp.).~Clockwise from top left: Cuckoo bee (Bombus (Psithyrus) sylyestris),Carder bee (Bombus sylvarum),New garden bumblebee or Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnoru... - Chris Shields
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Chris Shields / Illustration of British bumblebees (Bombus sp.).~Clockwise from top left: Cuckoo bee (Bombus (Psithyrus) sylyestris),Carder bee (Bombus sylvarum),New garden bumblebee or Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnoru...
Honey Bee workers (Apis mellifera) mutual feeding on honey comb. UK, captive - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Honey Bee workers (Apis mellifera) mutual feeding on honey comb. UK, captive
Honey bee {Apis mellifera} landing on alighting board of hive, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee {Apis mellifera} landing on alighting board of hive, UK
Honey bees (Apis melifera) flying in city. Paris, France - Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / Honey bees (Apis melifera) flying in city. Paris, France
Honey bees around Queen cell containing larvae (Apis mellifera) UK - John B Free
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John B Free / Honey bees around Queen cell containing larvae (Apis mellifera) UK
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) filling honey storage cells in hive, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) filling honey storage cells in hive, UK
European Honeybee Queen laying eggs surrounded by workers {Apis mellifera} - Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / European Honeybee Queen laying eggs surrounded by workers {Apis mellifera}
Honeybee workers exchanging food - known as trophallaxis (Apis mellifera) Sussex, UK - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Honeybee workers exchanging food - known as trophallaxis (Apis mellifera) Sussex, UK
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