Single, open flowers are great for bees because they can easily access the nectar and pollen. Although bees will be attracted to flowers in an abundance of colours, they can see purple most clearly. That makes lavender, alliums and buddleja brilliant blooms for bees.
Types of Bee
As its name states, the early bumblebee is the UK’s smallest bumblebee and starts nesting a few weeks before the majority of the other bumblebees. You can see these as early as March. Another common species you may spot from April is the red-tailed bumblebee with its black body and orange-red tail.
The honeybee is the insect that produces honey. They are social bees that live in colonies of up to 60,000. They produce honey by gathering nectar from flowers in our gardens.