Hairy-Footed Flower Bee | Anthophora plumipes

England, April 2018

 

A female hairy-footed flower bee, busily foraging around a bed of creeping comfrey in Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire.

I used a mini, omnidirectional microphone on the end of a handheld mount to track the insect, in conjunction with a spaced omnidirectional pair. This recording method revealed the proximate activity of the bee (its flight and detailed foraging activity amongst the flowers), whilst simultaneously framing it within the surrounding garden habitat.

Various bird species are audible in the background.