Follow these bee enthusiasts!

Published on May 22nd 2020
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If you are keen to learn more about bees, bee-friendly plants or just curious to know more about these all-important pollinators, follow these bee enthusiasts on Candide!

Arne Stander

Follow entomologist @arnestander as he shares interesting facts about not only honeybees but also solitary bee species of South Africa.
Here are some interesting bee-posts by Arné:


A solitary bee (Nomoides sp.) in the Halictidae family. Often known as sweat bees, as they are commonly attracted to sweat. However, I found it on the ground and just picked it up. They are beneficial as they are pollinators.


Visiting the bees in the garden this morning. The two photos was taken from the smallest colony. Despite the size, there is beautiful brood. The first photo shows the new emerge bee. The second photo shows the new bees in an early stage - you can already see the eyes. #insects #bees


Inspecting the bee hives are always interesting. These photos show one of two new brood frames we have added to the hive. In one week's time, the bees already added a layer of capped honey at the top of the frame. Our Cape honey bees (Apis melifera capensis) enjoy the hot days we've had the past couple of days. They are very active and forage now a lot of pollen and nectar. Pollen is the protein and used to feed the new brood/offspring. Nectar is the carbohydrates and is used to make honey. #insects


Can you spot the pseudoscorpion on one of the worker bees (Apis melifera capensis)? If you struggle, swipe to the left to see as indicated. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a close-up photo. The pseudoscorpion is sitting behind the head of the bee. Pseudoscorpions are also known as false scorpions. In a way they look similar to scorpions, by having long, modified pincer-like pedipalps. However, they lack tails with stingers. They are arachnids and belong to the order Pseudoscorpiones. This inter-specific relationship between the pseudoscorpions and bees are fascinating. This is also an example of phoresis: a mechanical transportation is given to the pseudoscorpions. Pseudoscorpions can travel to other parts where they would not be able to reach by themselves, and in turn they control parasites on the bees and in hives. A well-known pest on Apis melifera is the varroa mite which sucks on fat bodies of the bees. Pseudoscorpions are always welcome in any hive, and on bees. They will use their pincers to grab onto the worker bee and enjoy a flight or two. #insects #arachnids #symbiosis

Carpenter bee


The carpenter bee, Xylocopa caffra, visiting the lavender flowers. They bore into wood to lay eggs. This one here is a female, where males are fully golden-yellow. #carpenterbee #bees #beekeeping #beekeeper


If you want to see some immaculate photography of bees you definitely want to follow @JohSon.
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Bee on Peglarae flower. Photo by @JohSon.

The Beekeeper Cape Town

The Beekeeper Cape Town is a Daff Registered Lady Beekeeper. Follow @thebeekeepercpt to learn fascinating facts about the secret life of bees, or contact her for safe removals and relocation of honey bees.
Check out her business profile for more details:
Interesting posts by @thebeekeepercpt:

Bee Smiths

Bradley and Tayla are passionate about bee conservation & backyard beekeeping in Cape Town.
Bradley Seaton-Smith runs Cape Town Bee Removals and has some serious bee-experience up his sleeve. Follow @capetownbeeremovals on Candide for the safe removal of troublesome hives.
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Photo @BeeSmiths
Check out his business profile for more details:


Phillip is a hobbyist beekeeper and absolutely digs bees. He is a registered beekeeper (WC571) with DAFF SA Government. As a gardener, Phillip enjoys growing from seeds and cuttings, and tries to plant bee-friendly plants and flowers for these incredible pollinators to thrive.

Liesl van der Walt

Babylonstoren head gardener, Liesl van der Walt, has a keen interest in bees and often shares on bee-friendly plants and other tips on cultivating a bee-friendly garden.
Here are some of our favourite bee-posts by @lieslvanderwalt:
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