British bees unbleached organic cotton apron. Designed, printed & made in the UK from watercolours by Tereska Shepherd MA.
- Dimensions: Approx. 60cm x 85cm
- Adjustable 72cm neck tie with ‘D’ ring
- Side ties each 95cm in length
- Supporting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Honeybee (Apis Mellifera)
The British Honeybee is an important pollinator of many of our food crops, as well as producing honey. Worker bees communicate by doing the ‘waggle dance’ to indicate where valuable flowers are. Intensive commercial farming of bees for honey & pollination of vast areas of crops has resulted in increased disease & parasites e.g the Varroa mite which is causing severe honeybee colony losses, as is the use of pesticides.
Red-tail Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
A striking bumblebee often seen in parks and gardens. The workers have the same colouring as the queen, but they are smaller, sometimes not much larger than a fly. Like all bumblebees the Red-tail queens search for dark places to nest in the spring, usually nesting underground and the base of dry stone walls and trees. Red-tail Bumblebees have relatively short tongues and prefer flowers that form a distinct landing platform, such as daisies, dandelions and thistles.
Bilberry Bumblebee (Bombus monticola)
An increasingly endangered Bumblebee, feeding on the flowers of Bilberry and Heather in the higher hills and moorlands of Wales, Northern England and Scotland. Loss of habitat & climate change is affecting the Bilberry & other bee species adapted to our cooler climate, increasing global temperatures are restricting their geographical range & causing population decline.
Whitetail Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)
Often seen in parks and gardens. Whitetail bumblebees have a yellow band on the thorax and on the abdomen. The males have yellow hair on their head. Like all bee species the whitetail is affected by the use of pesticides, herbicides & chemical fertilisers. Scientific research has shown these either directly poison bees or cause brain damage making them mentally & physically dysfunctional, leading to the collapse of colonies.
Shrill Carder Bee (Bombus sylvarum)
One of the UK’s smallest and rarest Bumblebees. It is a long-tongued bumblebee, feeding from long tubular flowers. Now only found on unimproved pasture across the Somerset & Gwent Levels, parts of Pembrokeshire & the Glamorgan coast.
Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes)
The sight of the Hairy-footed Flower Bee in late February and Early March heralds the end of winter in much of southern and central England and Wales, it is unknown in Ireland or Scotland.
The females are all black with yellowish hairs on the hind legs. The Males are gingery with particularly long hairs on their feet, most noticeable on their middle legs. This is a solitary bee species, with the females usually making nests in clay slopes, soft walls and in the ground where they excavate cells, which they fill with pollen and nectar (as food for the larvae), laying a single egg on each pollen mass. Where the nesting conditions are favourable they may be found in communal groups, with many nests close together.
Favoured food plants include: Lungwort, Comfreys and Deadnettle
Brown-banded Carder Bee (Bombus humilis)
A rare bumblebee species that has suffered dramatic decline through the loss of traditional meadow habitat and intensive agricultural practices. The Brown-banded carder prefers open, flower-rich habitats on drier sites. Quarries and brownfield sites are playing an important role in the conservation of these bees.
Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus)
A very endangered long-tongued Bumblebee, now only found on the North coast of Scotland, some Scottish islands and Ireland. This decline is believed to be linked to a reduction in habitats, like meadows, providing nectar rich, deep flowers like red clover & vetch.
Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)
One of the first Bumblebees to emerge in early March, it is a relatively small, short tongued bumblebee found in meadows, gardens and parks. The Early Bumblebee often forages on White Clover, Lavender, Sage, Cotoneaster, Thistles and Daisies.