Josh Forwood Has Created A Fascinating Series Of Close-Up Portraits Of Bees. In This Series, He Shows That, Contrary To Popular Belief, The Faces Of All Bees Are Not The Same.
Josh Forwood is a wildlife documentary filmmaker and drone operator whose work has appeared on Netflix, Disney, BBC, and National Geographic. After returning from a business trip to his home in Bristol and while in quarantine, Forwood decided to photograph bees.
More than 20,000 species of bees are known around the world, and contrary to popular belief, not all of them live in hives and colonies, and about 90% of them are solitary (monogamous bees). With this account, only 10% of bees live in packs, But because most people are familiar with bees through honey, they have the impression that they all live in a box and groups.
Also, contrary to what most of us think, that all bees look the same, up close, they are very different from our imaginations and even very different from each other.
Monogamous bees are more effective in pollination than honey bees; Because they don’t use pollen baskets on their legs to safely store pollen. As a result, as seen in the photos, monogamous bees are covered in pollen, and when they move between plants to feed, they increase the probability of transferring pollen to different plants.
Bee hotels can be a perfect home for solitary bees that exist around your place of residence. Building these hotels is simple and fun. Forwood has built a bee hotel with the help of bamboo to carry out this project in his home. After creating this bee hotel, you can place it in a part of your garden or yard to gradually find the colony of solitary bees. But of course, if you don’t plan to do a project that depends on bees, like Forwood, you probably won’t enjoy the neighborhood of bees.
Forwood says about his photography style:
All these photos were taken in natural light. I rarely use artificial light for wildlife photography. This work is not only not feasible due to the unpredictable nature of the subject, but also, often, it is not necessary to use it. All these bees were sitting in one of the houses of my bee hotel, and the sun was shining on them.
You can follow Josh Forwood’s Instagram page if you like the pictures above and want to know more about this photographer. Josh has also taught me how to make bee hotels on his Instagram page.