Bee Nest.

16th September 2012: I came across this bee nest whilst poking about under a hawthorn tree this morning.


42 Comments on “Bee Nest.

  1. Having a phobia of bee’s isn’t helping me not to get the willies but it’s still a nice shot. Hope you didn’t get stung!.

    • Honey bees are gentle creatures, Mark. They just get on with what they have to do and are not generally concerned about people. I spend a lot of time macro photographing bees when they are collecting nectar, and have never been stung. These bees are very busy building their nest before the winter sets in. Unfortunately, they are not buildiing it Iin a good place. I have a feeling the catle will knock the nest down when they are allowed to graze the area.

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    • If you look at the image closely, Sue, you can see honeycombe under the bees. I expect it is a new colony.

  3. Interesting photo – don’t think I’ve seen a photo of a beehive before. I love the symetry also.
    Good sign of a healthy environment.

  4. Such a stunning shot! It’s quite lovely. I’ve never actually seen such a hive in the wild… Lucky! (?)

  5. Seeing an image such as this gives an understanding to the term: Busy as a bee!

    Great capture Mike. Keep ’em coming.

  6. Thanks for sharing such a nice photo! I’m currently writing an interview for the Magazine OuiShare ( on organizational biomimicry and how we could be inspired by hives. I think your photo would be a beautiful illustration of the article. Would you like it if I used it? Of course, I would mention your name and website.

    • Yes, Marie-Anne I give my permission for you to use my image in your biomimicry article.

  7. I’ve never been privileged to see such a thing. Thanks for making it possible, at least vicariously; this is a beautiful image that shows your appreciation. Bees are amazing little creatures — as you say, gentle, and also industrious. I’m always glad to see them in my yard. Like most animals, they’ll leave us alone unless we threaten them.

    • When I first spotted this nest from a distance, Cate, I thought it was a pheasant roosting in a hawthorn bush. It was only when I was very close – a couple of feet away – that I realised what it was. I arranged for a beekeeper to rehouse the beed in a hive a few miles away. It was inlikely that they would have survived a winter in the hawthorn bush.

  8. I love this blog. When I visit my WordPress Reader, one of the things I most look forward to is the exquisite photographs of all the Marsh’s natural abundance. Thank you!

    • Thank you for following, Roger, and thank you for your comment. It gives me a big boost when someone says nice things about my photography.

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