Bumblebees (scientific name Bombus) are the cute members of the bee family (Apidae).
In our garden (in The Netherlands) they are more common than normal bees.
Besides their big facet eyes, bumble bees have three simples eyes, ocelli or eye spots, on top of their heads.
The bumblebee tongue (the proboscis) is a long, hairy structure that extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla.
The antennas consist of 12 (females: workers and the queen) or 13 (males) segments.
A bumblebee has about 3 million hairs, the same amount as a small mammal.
Even a small insect can suffer from smaller animals: mites (acariformes).
Bumblebees visit flowers in an area of about 1-2 km from their colony.
The pistils are the female part of a flower.
This odd insect is a fly, not a bee, although they live from nectar too.
It's called a Bee Fly, the scientific (family) name Bombyliidae.
All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide