You’ve found a… honey bee!

Honey bee on Anaphalis margaritacea. Photo by Jason Sylvan.

While they are out collecting pollen, honey bees are also pollinating our plants – which has to happen for fruits and seeds to form and grow. The world relies on bees for nearly one third of our food! Apart from the honey bee, there are around 270 types of bee in the UK, all busily pollinating our plants.

In the Old Pond Garden we see honey bees a lot – probably because there are beehives on the roof of Charlton House! They seem to like drinking from the dirty water in the dish in Bed O (if we clean it out they stop using it!). It’s full of pebbles and shells to give them somewhere to perch, as otherwise they might drown. They also like the drinking droplets of rain from the moss on the edges of the hoggin paths after a bit of rain.

In a hive of honey bees, each bee has a job. How do they get their jobs, and what do they do? Find out by watching this video:

Find all the Bugs in the Old Pond Garden (there are ten altogether), put the letters together and find the final Bug!
If you spot any real live bugs / creatures / insects in the Old Pond Garden today, try to take a photograph and find out what it is. We’d love to see it, so if you post on Instagram you can tag us: @cabahs_hortisoc and use the hashtag #BugsInTheBeds

This page is part of the ‘Bugs in the Beds’ trail running on the Old Pond Garden, Charlton House, on 21st May 2023.