Despite having been Stung by a bee, I still Love them. It was Pure coincidence that I got stung, but in 1968 while riding a motor scooter on a dual carriageway, with my then Pregnant wife, when I got hit by the bee and stung on the forehead. The crash helmet was high at the front, hence getting hit.
I too have tried to photograph bees, but need a better camera to do it.
These bee photos are lovely,it's so nice to see other people's photos. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has a facebook page where you can see loads of bee pictures too. I don't have an expensive camera,just a cheap automatic because I couldn't manage a complicated one.
No sorry I don't know a lot about bees,but if you have a look on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust's website there's information about different types of bumblebees. Also if you have a look on their facebook page I think some people mentioned various guides to bees a little while ago. This little bee is a red-tailed bumblebee. It was enjoying the sunshine in the park today.